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Re-earning respect 

These days, I have joined the throng of those saying there are , forces at work in the . And I have come across these biases in my daily work in the media—but I have to take this into context: many believe the media seem to have a force that opposes their beliefs.
   I can cite study after study of bias, but some of these studies are linked to conservatives. Not long ago, I came across one from California, although Johnnie Moore dug a little deeper and found that the researcher had affiliations (see his link here).
   It wasn’t that long ago when I heard, however, complaints about involvement in media, and that they tended toward the . That worked for the administration (plus, you can’t spell Sawyer without sway). There was a feeling of conservatism in The Evening Post in in the early 1990s—I have practically made the opposite charge of late.
   Why these of bias? Partially, I believe the media to be responsible. They have shown that they are not on the side of truth, but on the side of sales. The affair, blogged here, is an example. I chatted about and ’s deaths with my team today, and how some of the captions to photographs were pure fiction.
   People talk. And the truth gets out. If there is no , then naturally that is replaced by .
   Media are coming to the table not with clean hands, but an existing image of inaccuracy held by audiences. If that is to change, then media need to get real about their standards.
   Otherwise, there’s going to be room for a service which attempts to be truly , perhaps automated by algorithms that measure . It could stem off Google News, or someone else might want to give the Californian boys a run for their money.
   Media will survive—even —if they deliver what people want. That, to me, means depth, and relevance. No more stories on and , please, because ultimately, they don’t serve anyone. It’s time to re-earn the public’s trust.
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Update: here’s a liberal blog post on the conservative bias in, of all things, The New York Times. So, is there a liberal bias in the media, or is everyone a cry-baby? I prefer the Brits, who plainly spell out who they tend to support; to an extent, some New Zealand publications do the same with their ideologies (such as the Listener and the National Business Review).  
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