Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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Technology and changing TV-viewing habits have led Americans away from the days of getting all our news from the likes of Walter Cronkite and his liberal-perspective doppleganger-successors at the networks and major national newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post. And we’re a better country for it.
Conservatives and libertarians (i.e. non-liberals) have been awakened by the advent of the Web and social media and better understand the bias of the MSM they’ve consumed all their lives. They see now that the evolution away from the smashed Cronkite-era/Master-of-the-Universe template of media has brought more honesty into the news business.
The “unwashed masses” (as the MSM still sees all of us) have a more-clear perspective on national and world events thanks to technology. And what the MSM/liberal world is bucking against is nothing less than the long-needed and legitimate democratization of information consumption.
All Hail the Web! As Brian Fojtik writes:
The great expansion of blogs and issue-oriented websites is a spectacular development. Years ago, information didn’t get widely distributed unless one of the three broadcast networks deemed it worthy. Much of their information came from a limited number of major daily newspapers who were the same determiners of what was newsworthy and what wasn’t.
Liberals may dispute the charge that the media had a liberal bias, but they would be wrong. And bias or not, there is something a little troubling about leaving only a few lofty elites in a mostly closed society with the opportunity to largely determine for a nation and the world what information was newsworthy and what was not.
Yes. Liberals will dispute that. They do it every night on MSNBC. And lament that the democratization of media has sapped their power. The more the MSM squeals on this point the better it is for America.
I gotta hand it to Brian. He’s a real trouper. Brian tries to tune in to CNN and MSNBC regularly to make sure he’s getting the full shebang. More power to him. I try to do the same. I also make the attempt, but it’s a struggle. I’m told little I don’t already know, and spend my viewing time correcting errors — in facts and bias.
In Brian’s discussion of modern media — and his tips for consuming it responsibly, including taking care of what you tweet and share on Facebook — he mentions that one should not rely on only the MSM for one’s information. One should scan the Web for something deeper:
I’d also encourage you to take a close look at The Heartland Institute and the Goldwater Institute. And personally, on all issues and particularly federal and international issues, I regularly rely on my three favorites The Reason Foundation, CATO Institute and Heritage Foundation. And you can never go wrong by checking out National Review, American Spectator and The Weekly Standard.
We here at Heartland’s home blog are honored to have been mentioned first.