Mythical Beast: The Liberal Mediasaurus
The mythical Liberal Mediasaurus was a large, flightless bird that laid many eggs–most of which generally failed to incubate. The hatch-rate was extremely low.
Though believed by some to have been warm-blooded and intelligent, the Liberal Mediasaurus was nevertheless defenseless against predatory Conservivores due to its habit of burying its head in the sand and contemplating the liberal arts.
It was absurdly non-confrontational and suffered from an extreme case of the Pollyanna Principle.
Related Books & Articles:
Talking Right, subtitled How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show, is a 2006 book by linguist Geoffrey Nunberg, who uses his expertise to explain the United States Democratic Party‘s failure to win elections and the use of slogans by conservatives to reshape the image of liberalism. (Wikipedia)
“The incredulity begins with the title What Liberal Media?, journalist Eric Alterman’s refutation of widely flung charges of left-wing bias, and never lets up. The book is unlikely to make many friends among conservative media talking heads. Alterman picks apart charges made by Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, George Will, Sean Hannity, and others (even the subtitle refers to a popular book by former CBS producer Bernard Goldberg that argues a lefty slant in news coverage). But the perspectives of less-incendiary figures, including David Broder and Howard Kurtz, are also dissected in Alterman’s quest to prove that not only do the media lack a liberal slant but that quite the opposite is true. Much of Alterman’s argument comes down to this: the conservatives in the newspapers, television, talk radio, and the Republican party are lying about liberal bias and repeating the same lies long enough that they’ve taken on a patina of truth. Further, the perception of such a bias has cowed many media outlets into presenting more conservative opinions to counterbalance a bias, which does not, in fact, exist, says Alterman. In methodically shooting down conservative charges, Alterman employs extensive endnotes, all of which are referenced with superscript numbers throughout the body of the book. Those little numbers seem to say, “Look, I’ve done my homework.” What Liberal Media? is a book very much of 2003 and will likely lose some relevance as political powers and media arrangements evolve. But it’s likely to be a tonic for anyone who has suspected that in a media environment overflowing with conservatives, the charges of bias are hard to swallow. For liberals hoping someone will take off the gloves and mix it up with the verbal brawlers of the right, Eric Alterman is a champion. –John Moe
Concentration of media ownership (Wikipedia)
Media Bias (Wikipedia)
Impartial organizations monitoring media bias
- FactCheck.org 
- Facts on File  (requires membership)
- Center for Media and Public Affairs
- Media Lens , a media analysis website based in the United Kingdom.
Conservative organizations monitoring liberal bias
- Accuracy in Media , a conservative media watchdog group founded in 1969 by Reed Irvine.
- Media Research Center (MRC) Media Resarch Center, website that provide examples of claims about liberal bias and misinformation in the news.
Liberal organizations monitoring conservative bias
- Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting , a liberal media watch group which has been offering criticism of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts.
- Media Matters for America , website providing examples of claims about conservative bias and misinformation in the news.