Bias in the media

Kotliar (viomar@ATHENS.NET)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 10:59:42 -0400

good deal of press in discussions of "political correctness", but venom
spewing from the right has not been given as much scrutiny. The left is not
the only group in America trying to impose its will on the psyche of the
nation. The right call their effort "culture wars" and "defunding the
left" while at the same time critiquing the left "political correctness".
In campaigns against "political correctness", noble efforts for dignity and
empowerment have been tarnished with guilt by association by a relatively
few examples of excess (but ones oft repeated in the media). Efforts to
protect the safety net, or discuss the disparity of wealth in America are
called "class warfare", while The flat tax, and the deliberate preying of
the fears the middle class have with respect to the poor are not considered
"class warfare".
Conservatives get much air time in America complaining that they get no
airtime. I do not buy the arguments that conservatives are the abused much
suffering group they claim they are. I hear their voices every where these
days, but the voices of the left outside of academia are little more than a
Is this merely a phenomenon in America, or do some European, Latin
American countries etc. have similiar problems. I think there is good
anthropological fodder here (even from those who disagree with my initial

Jay Kotliar
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well
as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets
and to steal bread.
-Anatole France, Crainquebille.