It’s not media bias, it’s media activism

Last night, Bill O’Reilly examined the latest conduct from the media:

The list of the media’s lack of fair coverage is long. I can start with the fact  the New York Times has had only 13 stories  about the IRS scandal in the last six months. This link leads you to an article at newsbusters,org, this is the website to go if you want to see evidence, in abundance, of the media’s unfair conduct.

I’m going to add just one thing to the clip of Mr. O’Reilly. This is not just a case of the media being “bias.” No, the media is not simply being “bias,” the media is engaging in “activism”. “Bias” can be an unintentional case of prejudicial behavior. “Activism is intentional conduct to promote or defend a particular idea or person.

Back in 2009, Ezra Klein’s “JournoList” was revealed:

For the past two years, several hundred left-leaning bloggers, political reporters, magazine writers, policy wonks and academics have talked stories and compared notes in an off-the-record online meeting space called JournoList.

Of course that’s not how Ezra Klein described it:

Not at all, says Ezra Klein, the 24-year-old American Prospect blogging wunderkind who formed JournoList in February 2007. “Basically,” he says, “it’s just a list where journalists and policy wonks can discuss issues freely.”

Was this a case of “bias” or “activism?” We will never know the full extent of the conduct by  “JournoList” members, but it is a disconcerting fact their conduct was hidden and described by New Republic associate editor, Eve Fairbanks:

It’s sort of a chance to float ideas and kind of toss them around, back and forth, and determine if they have any value, and get people’s input on them before you put them on a blog.

In the past the lines where blurred, but now I contend they are not, this is no longer “media bias.”

What we are witnessing is the era of media activism.

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