Today's column for the Daily Banter, the last before election day tomorrow, takes a look at how NBC is trying to ward off criticism from the right by preemptively "unskewing" its polls that show Barack Obama ahead.
Here's the opening shot:
"For some time now, I’ve been making the argument that claims of a liberal media bias — at least insofar as what’s actually produced by most American news outlets — amount to a bunch of nonsense. The reason for this is simple: The right has created such a magnificently run cottage industry out of hectoring news operations for supposedly being a bunch of pointy-headed, overeducated elitists — making them, by their very nature, anti-conservative — and it’s done it for so long that most newsrooms now preemptively police themselves in an effort to ward off any potential criticism from the right. It’s of course a losing game, because the reality is that no amount of self-censoring or general bending over backwards will make media critics on the right happy since the stories of the liberal media boogeyman are now an article of faith for conservatives; they need that boogeyman to justify their willingness to deny any reality that threatens to pop the epistemic bubble that keeps them safe. It’s imperative for the right to retain the ability to dismiss out of hand any news that makes it mad as being the work of political enemies who can’t under any circumstances be trusted."
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