[June 9, 2021] On several occasions, I noted a tendency for Western media toward an anti-democratic bias (see links here, here, and here). Whether it is honoring dead Islamic terrorists or advocating for looting, rioting, and murder, many news organizations have failed at their most basic task – providing impartial information to the public. A recent example of media bias and propaganda was the May 26 New York Times page-one feature on the Gaza War.
This bias is a clear failure of media leadership at its most fundamental level.
The NYT article titled, “They were only children,” as explained by Robert Satloff of The Times of Israel1 and Wallis Simon’s of Spectator2, lay out the facts on the “69 youths under 18 years old … killed in the 11 days of conflict between Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.” There is a problem with the Times feature. Their leadership has purposefully allowed a deep-seated bias to creep into their news reporting.
Fake images were used to “prove” that Israeli aggression kills kids.
Both Satloff and Simon discuss the post-publication disclosures regarding many of the child victims depicted in the Time’s front-page photo. Several of the images were of terrorists (yes, under 18) or families of terrorists. Others were just lifted from images taken from Twitter, claiming some were killed without verification. Still, the approximately 600 Hamas rockets that erroneously landed in Gaza killed more.
When your job is to report the news impartially, and you become a political actor, failure is coming your way.
Our politicalized media reporters purposefully misrepresents reality to support their anti-democratic values. This bias runs contrary to the stated purpose of these organizations and those leading them. It also reflects poorly on our nation’s leaders when they fail to set the record straight.
We rightly judge our police, military, and political forces as generally trustworthy and professional. The same cannot be said of Western news media. In the U.S., we support those who protect and defend our homes and freedoms. These are the fundamental beliefs of nearly every citizen. When the media reports against them, our immediate reaction is not to believe the media.
Leaders within the media should put a stop to their biases. A good leader would immediately review any accusation of bias and work to remove such bias. That is not done, ever. The Times, as an example, stands by their reporters on this article and have ignored the fact that their article is riddled with serious errors.
Corruption, Lying, Propaganda?
When the leadership of such organizations allow corruption to enter, they have failed. Media bias? In the case of the news media, I call it lying.