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In 1996, veteran CBS News reporter and producer Bernie Goldberg committed the unpardonable sin of publicly mentioning the issue of liberal bias in the media. For that he became persona non grata at CBS. In his new book Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distorts the News
, Goldberg tells how friends and colleagues turned on him, from junior CBS reporters all the way to Dan Rather. But much more than that, he exposes a bias so uniform and overwhelming that it permeates every news story we hear and read and so entrenched and deep rooted that the networks themselves dont even recognize it.
Goldberg thought of himself as a typical liberal television news reporter. It was only when a friend called to his attention a particular news story on his own network unduly ridiculing a Republican presidential candidate did he realize the depth of the bias within the national news media. Goldberg wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal calling the offending reporter and his own employer to task. The resulting outcry from reporters and anchors on all three networks including cold shoulders from co-workers help to confirm his suspicions that bias in the national new media is indeed real.
Goldberg goes beyond the circumstances of his brave op-ed and resulting ouster as member of the establishment news media in good standing. He presents the cold, hard truth about the entire news media and backs it up with cold, hard facts.
- how media bias has twisted the facts of some of the biggest stories of the last two decades,
- the facts the prove that conservatives and liberals in politics are treated radically different by the news media,
- how the news is knowingly manufactured,
- why certain key facts are omitted from some news stories if they make a case or a cause seem less compelling,
- that the news media feels free to heap criticism on just about anyone or anything but is absolutely intolerant of any criticism of its own work, and
- a behind-the-cameras tour to witness scenes of jaw-dropping arrogance and spin-cycle journalism.
In 1996, veteran CBS News reporter and producer Bernie Goldberg committed the unpardonable sin of publicly mentioning the issue of liberal bias in the media. For that he became persona non grata at CBS. Goldberg tells how friends and colleagues turned on him, from junior CBS reporters all the way to Dan Rather. But much more than that, he exposes a bias so uniform and overwhelming that it permeates every news story we hear and read- and so entrenched and deep rooted that the networks themselves don't even recognize it.
In his nearly thirty years at CBS News, Emmy Award winner Bernard Goldberg earned a reputation as one of the preeminent reporters in the television news business. When he looked at his own industry, however, he saw that the media far too often ignored their primary mission: to provide objective, disinterested reporting. Again and again he saw that the news slanted to the left. For years, Goldberg appealed to reporters, producers, and network executives for more balanced reporting, but no one listened. The liberal bias continued.
Now, breaking ranks and naming names, he reveals a corporate news culture in which the closed-mindedness is breathtaking and in which entertainment wins over hard news every time.
About the Author
Bernard Goldberg is the winner of seven Emmy Awards, and was once rated by TV Guide as one of the ten most interesting people on television. Having served for nearly thirty years as a reporter and producer for CBS News, he now reports for the critically acclaimed HBO program Real Sports, hosted by Bryant Gumbel. He has written for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Goldberg lives with his family in Miami.