December 21, 2011

Media bias made plain

There is often hue and cry from the right that the MSM is biased towards the left (or against the right) and I tend to agree. Most of the bias is typically one of opinion and can often be excused.  For example, Democrats were wowed by John Kerry's nomination speech and to me it fell completely flat.  The wonks on the left were crowing that he nailed it and I was left wondering if we had watched the same thing.  I don't get excited about differences like that.  Rather, check this paragraph from the Guardian about Valclav Havel:

Havel's anti-communist critique contained little if any acknowledgement of the positive achievements of the regimes of eastern Europe in the fields of employment, welfare provision, education and women's rights. Or the fact that communism, for all its faults, was still a system which put the economic needs of the majority first.

So you can't let an article slide without heaping praise on the most murderous political philosopy of the modern era? Really? Perhaps Havel's "critique" of communism came from being on the business end of it.


Posted by Duffy at December 21, 2011 12:52 PM | TrackBack

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"Or the fact that communism, for all its faults, was still a system which put the economic needs of the majority first."

Except that it didn't. First, communism always put the needs of the Party Members first. It's a explicitly two-tiered society any way you look at it. Second, capitalists generally meeting the needs of society much better than the commies. After all meeting other people's needs is how you make money. When was the last time you saw a bread line in a capitalist nation?

Nice to know that our media aren't the only ones who are shit.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at December 21, 2011 01:05 PM