Just to give you the background: this guy started talking about how the media has a liberal bias and this guy took umbrage. That whole debate got me to thinking about the issue and of course that means you get to enjoy my rant.
The media does not have a liberal bias. That's giving them too much credit for being politically and socially aware. It has very little to do with the actual beliefs of the media and just about everything to do with what will get people to watch/listen/read. This guy makes the same point about the local news. Do any of you remember that painfully slow summer where there was just about nothing on the news . . . until the Sharks Attacked! Time Magazine labeled it the "Summer of the Shark" too bad there were fewer shark attacks in the summer of 2001 than in previous years. I bet the media sources were happy that the news picked up at the end of that summer.
Sure, pretty much every media channel (The 700 club doesn't count as real media) likes to make fun of Bush. But here's the thing: making fun of people is good TV. And it's even better TV when you make fun of someone who gets their panties in a wad because of it. Have you ever listened to or watched one of the conservative programs? Rush Limbaugh pretty much has an aneurysm on cue. Now if your job was to be on TV and you knew that you could make all the little Rushites out there fill their pantaloons if you just said a mean thing about W, what would you do? I know, you are all very nice people that respect the truth and want to see justice done in the world. Too bad you don't work in the media.
Is the media liberal? Naw. Are they conservative then? Nope. The media are ratings whores. And what do whores do? Yup, you guessed it: whatever gets them paid.