While polling data show that public trust of the news media is in the single digits, the real salient issue in media bias these days is bias by omission, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Dennis Miller in an April 30 interview for the comedian's podcast program. It's what the media refuse to report on, censoring stories from public view, that helps to shield liberals from scrutiny on salient public policy issues.
"For example, the Gosnell story. The average person out there has no idea what I'm talking about when I say Gosnell," Bozell noted of the Philadelphia abortionist who allegedly killed babies who survived attempted abortions. "You don't have to be pro-life to be disgusted and feel like throwing up when you hear some of these details and yet, no coverage from the national media." [To download and listen to the full interview, click here; For information on how to subscribe to Miller's podcast, click here ]
When Miller brought up the stellar work done by Lila Rose and her organization Live Action, Bozell noted that the liberal media similarly ignore Rose's sting videos while they jump at every hidden camera -- or hidden microphone -- scoop that liberal opinion journalists peddle in order to attack conservatives.
"There's this sense [in the liberal media] that we're not going to do undercover videos because that doesn't rise to the level of journalism," the Media Research Center president noted, but when the now-infamous "47 percent" hidden camera video of Mitt Romney was released by David Corn of Mother Jones, the media could not stop talking about it. The same was true, he observed, of the audiotape of Mitch McConnell and his campaign staff talking about opposition research for a potential reelection campaign where Ashley Judd was the Democratic opponent.
"Those things are national news, those things are immediately picked up because they're credible, because they're against conservatives, but if you have a video that showcases the other side, it won't see the light of day," Bozell concluded.