Friday, October 12, 2007

Does The News-Sentinel Have A Political Bias?

The comment has been made to me in the past year that the News-Sentinel has a Democrat leaning bias. People point to the News-Sentinel's publisher, Bruce Hartmann's involvement with the Bredesen re-election. I have said, I don't think so. Mr. Hartmann and I have sat down for coffee on numerous occasions. We correspond and have met on several occasions.

However, look at today's front page of the News-Sentinel. You have two County Commissioners each having committed the same offense. The picture of the one that is a Republican, is an unflattering photo taken from the Sunshine lawsuit. The picture of the one that is a Democrat, is the best Glamour Shot photo that she could muster.

So, now I am beginning to think that Jack "Columbine is my finest hour" McElroy may have a pro-Democrat bias.

What do you, the Brian's Blog reader think?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Does the News-Sentinel Have A political Bias?"

Is the grass green and the sky blue? Most of the time.

I think sometimes it's because people in the media have to deal continuously with tragic events throughout their working day, and the fact that they are focused on government workings and its leaders.

Every now and then they'll do a human interest story about an individual, without the government's help, who succeeded against the odds and made a difference in the world, but most of the time, it's government and human tragedy day in and day out.

I think that environment creates a mindset among media people, who tend to come from upper middle class families, that makes them feel guilty of their own success and obligated to help others who they feel don't have the same opportunities and lifestyles as they do.

Add to this the opportunity to use the media to send a message, in the disguise of "informing" the public, and I believe that you have a recipe for a liberal bias.

Thank you for your time and attention.