Buzz Bissinger talks to Howard Kurtz about the heat he has taken for an article voicing his support for Mitt Romney
I see this alot. George Priest assumes the "educated class " to be entirely liberal thinking or that Joe the Plumber could never fill his shoes. That explains why more liberals are breaking ranks and "outing " themselves. Where they once thought themselves educated, they now understand. The "educated elite " said the world was flat and it wasn't. The " educated elite" said we sit at the center of the universe and we don't. Try looking beyond the spoon that you've been fed from if you want an education.
No written story by Kurtz on the Buzz Bissinger announcement? Doesn't deserve thoughtful presentation, courteous discussion? It is a great story because it supports democracy and courteous free speech, free thought and free choice in significant ways, as well as pointing to a crying need for "reaching across the aisle to get this country moving" as Buzz asserts.
George Priest's "analysis" sounds good, but I wonder if he can back up his statement with documentation. I'm guessing, probably not. Contrary to his assertion that liberal media bias is nothing more than a "populist rant" coming from the undereducated "class," liberal media bias has, in fact, been documented. Consider, for example, the work of Tim Groseclose, a professor of political science and economics at UCLA, who has written a book called "Left Turn:How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind." This is no populist rant but rather a "precise, quantitative measur[e] of the slants of media outlets," written by a person whose Curriculum Vita is probably more extensive than Mr. Priest's (http://www.timgroseclose.com/curriculum-vita/). My theory is that people (like Priest) are so immersed in their cloistered bubble of liberal/left-leaning ideology that they can't even fathom a world where people actually see things differently. That's the only explanation I can come up with that would prompt such an arrogant and pompous comment.
Buzz Bissenger's claim that the media has a "liberal bias" is wrong. This claim is populist rant. The media has a "class bias": the people in the media, the writers, the on-air people and probably most of the other folks involved, are part of the "educated class." Most all of them have been to college, they have done a lot of reading, and they speak and write fluently. Although almost anyone can read the news on air, I don't think we want Joe the plumber writing or editing the news. This, of course, is an age old bias. "I went school in the school of hard knocks" used to be a commonplace expression along with "you just need common sense." The public at large has an uneasy relationship with the educated class; they dislike and resent them, but they are also aware of the benefits they receive from the educated class: modern medicine and science, television, I-pads and cell phones. Et etcetera. Can't live with 'em and can't get along without 'em.
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