October 30, 2011 by Brian Phillips
The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism has released some findings related to the GOP presidential race, revealing an obvious bias against Rep. Ron Paul. While this has been repeatedly pointed out by his supporters, the study provides clear third-party confirmation.
See The Atlantic Wire’s excellent coverage here.
The two images above, from the Pew Research Center, indicate that while mainstream media has largely ignored and been slanted against Ron Paul, he has received more favorable coverage in the New Media or alternative media.
This is indicative of a major shift in the U.S. Where the media has failed in fairness and truth, there has arisen new sources of information – blogs, independent news sites, and social media.
And while the conditions under which they have been created are unfortunate (that is, dishonesty and bias in mainstream sources), the New Media sources are growing in influence and number. They are a blessing and their existence should be applauded. As James Madison said, “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
It used to be that blogs and independent news sources were seen as unreliable or untrustworthy – the stereotype of the 35-year-old, pasty-faced man donning a foil hat and typing out conspiracy theories from his mom’s basement (where he also still lived). Now, it would seem the tide is turning. Wise readers are learning to check their facts, wherever they may have read them – blog or The Washington Post. Both can be good sources, but both should be read with caution.
Having a “free press” is not merely a matter of being free from government influence. A free press must be free from internal corruption and “selective” reporting as well.
So, the blackout of Ron Paul is real, no surprise to his supporters (of which I am one). Hopefully that tide will turn. But, until it does, let me encourage my fellow members of the New Media to keep writing the truth – even if you do so from your mom’s basement.