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Conservatives see media bias no matter the facts

The usual whining from the extreme right about media bias is evident in a recent letter from Stephen Sewell ("Sun lavishes attention on 'Occupy,' ignores tea party," Sept. 24). The writer is long on allegations and short on facts.

Mr. Sewell suggests that tea party members are "perceived as backward, ignorant, uneducated … bigoted, homophobic, sexist, religious zealots, etc." Those are pretty strong charges, yet unsupported by any examples.

On the other hand, the letter writer portrays "Occupy" members as slovenly lawbreakers that get "above the fold" coverage in The Sun — coverage Mr. Sewell claims is "usually glowing and lauds the goals and principles of these people." Again, these are powerful charges that Mr. Sewell doesn't support with a single example.

If the writer wanted to do a quick unbiased analysis of coverage of the two groups, I suspect he would find that news articles about them tend to show up in the newspaper on those occasions when either group did something considered newsworthy, (for example, a protest, a rally, a confrontation, an anniversary, etc.) Lately, both groups have been relatively dormant in that regard.

But still, it remains traditionally easier for neo-cons to complain about a lack of love from such population segments as women, blacks, Hispanics, the poor, and the "Hollywood crowd" — all orchestrated by the media.

This tired and vastly exaggerated narrative portraying the right as poor victims of the news media is often minus any real objective supporting data. I suspect that after more than a decade of such a carefully constructed and trumpeted depiction, the self-righteous message is finally being ignored by all but those who conceived it.

Art Lapenotiere

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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