Are You Waiting For?
the heavy publicity and huge success of the New York Times
bestseller, Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort
the News, Bernard Goldberg has been touted by conservatives
as being the first true whistle-blower of magnitude confirming
what we, as conservatives, knew all along. The mainstream
media is slanted towards a liberal agenda, to further their
own personal opinions and objectives.
Goldberg's assessment is not accurate, as several sources
- including Dan Rather himself - claim, then why all the backlash?
Why the outrage? Why the character assassination of Mr. Goldberg?
He's been called everything in the book, from a sore loser
who never made it in the big leagues, to a has-been who never
was. His book has been referred to as a "hyperbolic screed."
is ironic, considering that Goldberg's work at CBS garnered
him, and by default the network, six Emmy Awards for journalism
while he was the "cornerstone" correspondent with
48 Hours. It's funny this in never mentioned when nasty retorts
or attack-dog editorials about Goldberg are written today.
high profile whistle-blower, Gary Aldrich, can sympathize.
When his book, Unlimited Access: An FBI Agent Inside the
Clinton White House, another New York Times bestseller,
was eventually released after months of deliberate stall tactics
to keep it from the shelves, Aldrich was dubbed a "pathological
liar" by the liberal left and persecuted by The Clinton
Spin Machine for years. Aldrich's vindication came during
the impeachment proceedings against former President Clinton.
But, as we have become accustomed to witnessing, no apology,
formal or otherwise, was given to Mr. Aldrich. Don't expect
any apologies to be extended to Mr. Goldberg soon - even with
obvious proof that what he's written is, in fact, very true.
the truth Goldberg's book has exposed to be verified, something
monumental must occur. More conservative journalists residing
in the belly of the beast of mainstream media need to come
forward. Bernard Goldberg cannot be the only voice. Sure,
he's paid a price, a very costly one. He's also opened the
door to what could become a full-out assault on the liberal
stronghold of American media. Former CBS news correspondent
Reid Collins recently came out in support and praise of Goldberg's
Is Right" Says Former CBSer Reid Collins (NewsMax.com).
This is all fine and well, but more need to join Goldberg
and Collins and say, "Enough is enough!"
of being branded conservative in mainstream media today
is akin to being branded a Red, or a communist
in the 1950s. It's the "go along to get along, or else"
mentality which keeps most conservative reporters and commentators
silent about their affiliations, opinions and politics. Of
course, news reporting, real new reporting is supposed
to be un-biased in every aspect. Most thinking people can
concur this practice has long ago fallen by the wayside. Want
a few good examples? When Representative Gary Condit was first
thrust into the limelight with the story of the missing intern,
Chandra Levy - who is still missing - most major new
sources, including the Big Three, CNN and CSPAN, all referred
to Condit as either a Republican or "very conservative."
In about 60 seconds, anyone with access to the Internet could
have surfed to the House of Representatives web site and determined
Condit's political party - Democrat. Then again, the media
only referred to Condit being a Democrat a total of 14 times
based on the Media
Research Center's figures.
Condit's tender treatment with Dan Rather's repetitive, almost
Tourette Syndrome-like, usage of "the Republican Secretary
of State, Katharine Harris." Oh, and let's not forget
the "as she sees it" line, referring to her certification
of George W. Bush as the winner of the electoral votes from
the state of Florida. No Dan, it's not how she sees
it, it's how the Florida State Constitution sees it. Did that
little factoid slip under your research screen, or were you
too busy making up the facts as you went along?
it's been said, is the first sign of a real problem. Pathological
denial is the red flag waving frantically. With all the major
media outlets - from television, newsprint and even radio
- screaming and pounding the table that there is no liberal
bias in mainstream media, the fury is bringing more attention
to the accusation. Helping matters would
be if more brave souls like Mr. Goldberg would come forward
and speak out on the assimilation tactics used by these same
media elite to silence and intimidate their conservative colleagues
- those who have witnessed it first hand. Complaining about
it in hushed circles, throwing hands up in a "what-can-I-do-about-it?"
frustration, while covertly enabling the bias to continue
isn't going to cut it. Speaking out publicly, in numbers and
in volume, is the only way to turn the tide of intimidation
within the Forth Estate.
that time, Bernard Goldberg stands alone. It's shameful to
be ridiculed, hurtful to be called a liar - just ask Gary
Aldrich. But when you're vindicated, it is the most rewarding
feeling in the world. Just think, if enough come forward,
maybe Goldberg won't have to wait years for his reward.
are you waiting for?