Rick Jensen, 6/19/2014 [Archive]

Liberal Media Bias is Alive and Well

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By Rick Jensen

Liberals like to pretend there is no liberal bias in the major media and enjoy mocking Conservatives who talk about this violation of journalistic principles.

This column illustrates two recent outrageous examples of deceitful liberal "reporting."

First, the most common form of liberal propaganda, wherein the intelligent content of a conservative interview subject is ignored in favor of a deliberately dishonest description of the guest's "stupid" answer to a question.

Chuck Todd of NBC played this role quite neatly during his interview with Republican David Brat, who defeated Eric Cantor in the Virginia primary.

Chuck asked the Professor of Economics, "Where are you on the minimum wage? Do you believe in it, and would you raise it?"

Brat: "Minimum wage, no, I'm a free market guy. Our labor markets right now are already distorted from too many regulations. I think CATO estimates there's $2 trillion of regulatory problems and then throw Obamacare on top of that, the work hours is 30 hours a week. You can only hire 50 people. There's just distortion after distortion after distortion and we wonder why our labor markets are broken."

At this point, Professor Brat has given an intelligent answer regarding government policy and wages, but certainly not what Todd is hoping for, so he tries again, this time dumbing down the question to an illogical premise.

Todd: "So should there be a minimum wage in your opinion?"

Brat: "Say it again."

Todd: "Should there be a minimum wage in your opinion?"

Brat: "I don't have a well-crafted response on that one. All I know is if you take the long-run graph over 200 years of the wage rate, it cannot differ from your nation's productivity. Right? So you can't make up wage rates. Right? I would love for everyone in sub-Saharan Africa, for example -- children of God -- to make $100 an hour. I would love to just assert that that would be the case. But you can't assert that unless you raise their productivity, and then the wage follows."

Todd: "Sounds like you're making a case against a federally mandated minimum wage."

Brat: "I'm just making the case I just made that you can't artificially make up wage rates, they have to be related to productivity."

So, what do we take away from this?An honest headline would be: "Republican Candidate Asserts Wages Must Be Related to Productivity."

The actual headline in the press was: "Dave Brat, Republican Economics Professor, Has No Well-Crafted Response to Minimum Wage!"

He offered his educated insight on the economics of wages and productivity and liberals prefer to portray him falsely.

He did not have a meaningful response for Todd's juvenile "should there BE a minimum wage" and good for him, because the meaningful subject is the economic effects of artificial wages.

The other recent example is even more deceptive.Dana Milbank of The Washington Post falsely reported conservatives at a Heritage Foundation panel on unanswered questions surrounding the Benghazi Scandal ganged up on a Muslim woman when she asked a question.

Among his many falsehoods, Milbank reports "panelist Brigitte Gabriel "pounced" on Saba Ahmed, an American University law student, (who) stood in the back of the room and asked a question in a soft voice. 'We portray Islam and all Muslims as bad, but there's 1.8 billion followers of Islam,' she told them."

The actual unedited video shows Frank Gaffney was the first to speak, not Gabriel, showing empathy.

Milbank lies: "Are you an American?" Gabriel demanded of Ahmed, after accusing her of taking "the limelight" and before informing her that her "political correctness" belongs "in the garbage."

The video proves Gabriel was polite and friendly, saying, "I assume you're American. I'm glad you're here."

"Great question." Gabriel then tells the woman that this Benghazi panel discussion was not about Muslims or Islam and thanks her for broaching the topic.

Like Gaffney before her, Gabriel then agrees with Ahmed, saying "a majority of (Muslims) are peaceful people," supporting the claim with American intelligence reports stats.

Milbank and Todd are busted by the video.

The Todd example is a common, purposeful misdirection by headline.

Milbank simply lied.Stay alert!


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