DQ here. I just read a brochure from XM radio that demonstrates the liberal bias-blindspot. Each XM station gets a little (always positive) write-up in the brochure. They are advertising their product, after all. To serve their diverse audience, XM includes a variety of talk stations, including AmericaRight and AirAmerica. Here are the advertising descriptions:
AmericaRight — You may be delighted or you may be outraged, but you won’t stay neutral. The most controversial talk in America. Politics and society get a right-wing makeover as Michael Reagan, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, Bill Bennet, and other share their hard-hitting views and opinions.
AirAmerica — Air America Radio’s talented and opinionated on-air personalities, including liberal satirist Al Franken, comedienne Haneane Garofalo, radio veteran Mark Riley, long-time television talk show host Jerry Springer, and commentator Alan Colmes, put their witty, intelligent and unique spin on politics and current events.
Okay, to summarize, the “right-wing” folks on AmericaRight are “controversial” and “hard-hitting” and want to “makeover” society. The “liberal” folks on AirAmerica are “talented,” “opinionated,” “witty,” “intelligent” and “unique” and are merely putting their “spin” on politics and current events.
The irony is that you just know the writer was trying to please the potential audiences of both stations and had no idea the descriptions exposed any bias at all. This same bias-blindness is at work when liberals honestly believe the presentation of the news is objective, and conservatives know better.