A number of conservative blogs once again put their reputation on the line when they falsely claimed that THE NEW YORK TIMES gave a special ad discount to MoveOn.org for their anti-Patraeus ad. The real truth is that any advocacy group of any type, including political ads, only pay a lower $65,000 rate for a full page, while purely commercial ads may pay as much as $180,000 when they ask for special favors such as placement in the newspaper.
Rudolph Giuliani is purchasing a full page political ad in THE NEW YORK TIMES that will appear next week. He will only pay the normal $65,000 rate for an advocacy or political ad.
While certainly the editorial page of THE NEW YORK TIMES features a number of liberal leaning writers, this is hardly uncommon for any newspaper published in a large city with a wide Democratic voter registration edge. Many of the writers merely represent the demographics of the city at large. There is nothing unusual about this.
One of the best myths that some conservatives like to promote is the wrong claim of a liberal domination of the media. However talk radio and other mediums are heavily dominated by conservative leaning programs. Conservative claims of a media bias fall far short of the actual facts when it is examined where the publication originates or what type of media is examined.
Last year, some conservative blogs hoped to undermine the credibility of AP reporting with claims that some violent attacks on some Sunnis at a Mosque did not really take place. However some like Michelle Malkin were eventually forced to run retractions and an apology to AP as facts emerged to disprove the claims of these conservative blogs. Certainly early news reporting may include some reporting mistakes, and AP quickly moved to correct one error made in reporting a key witness who was named. But such a minor reporting error was little reason for some conservative blogs to fashion elaborate conspiracy theories.
Some conservatives must learn to evolve their logic far beyond some primitive stone-age level of man, myth and magic and step up to the modern world of how mass communications really functions. Absurd beliefs seeing some grand liberal conspiracy everywhere are nonsense in a politically pluralistic society like the U.S. where plenty of both conservatives as well as liberals have jobs in the mass media, and no one has any real monopoly on reporting the news that we all consume. If one does not like one news report, then you can easily find another. You can even write your own blog, and become your reporter and editor as well. No one really controls all of the media.
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