Immigration push: Media fall into their own Trayvon trap.

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    Objectively speaking, the media is into covering sensational stories, not "protecting" anyone.
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    I think this seems plausible to think but just isn't true. Considering that our media is made up of a collective of biased humans, if it were to become saturated with a certain group of people with similar biases, wouldn't the collective start to reflect that?
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    I think conservatives tend to think "bias" is shearly political in nature. Of course the media has bias, but that doesnt necessarily translate into "liberal political bias protecting liberals." The media often does the opposite of "protecting liberals," in fact. The media is a profit seeking entity (like almost every organization in the US), biased toward power in general (financial, military, political), and is made up of mostly coastal, urbane elites who have a dim, patronizing or unsophisticated view of middle America. But even this is an oversimplification, because "the media" as a whole is extremely diverse and segmented.
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    This only gets to half of it. The media doesn't just cover sensational stories, it sensationalizes stories that aren't intrinsically sensational or stories that doen't need to be further sensationalized.

    Nevertheless, this is where political bias comes into play, but those biases reflected in the sensationalizing are born of profit motives more so than political cover. They're public traded companies afterall.

    I've said it here before: the newsman has become the poet and he is doing a great disservice to democracies around the world.
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    You're right, it doesn't necessarily translate -- but it shows that it can translate, in which I actually think it does. But it's all matter of opinion on that point, I think.
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    That's URBAN not urbane elites.Urbane elites are Charles Boyer(BO-yer) and Maurice Chevalier. Urban elites are Pelosi, Bill Keller and the Harvard faculty

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