Thursday, September 20, 2007

Cal Thomas attacks Media Matters for America

Let me say at the outset, I like Media Matters for America. They are such a great antidote to Conservative Media "analysis." Conservative Media Analysis, even at a "think tank" like Brent Bozell's Media Research Center, usually boils down to an assertion that everybody knows the media is liberally biased.

Media Matters, on the other hand, takes the novel approach of actually looking at the Media and doing boring research. Like, say, counting the number of columnists in 96% of America's newspapers, and determining that Conservatives get more representation than Liberals. Which, coincidentally enough, our buddies at Media Matters have done. They even provided a report on it.

Cal Thomas disagrees with their findings and says so, in his latest article. For one thing they missed a lot of the papers he is in, apparently. It's hard to imagine how the contention that Conservatives are over represented is disproved by noting that they under counted conservatives, but there you go. Media Matters requested clarification, but Thomas was too smart for that.
Media Matters asked for my client list to prove my claim. Nice try. Liberals would love to have such a list so they can conduct letter-writing campaigns to remove conservatives, in the name of tolerance, of course. While some columnists have been "rumored" to inflate their numbers (imagine that!), mine are accurate and have been since I started writing this column.
Apparently you are just required to trust Cal Thomas. He knows how many newspapers carry his column, and he doesn't want sneaky liberals figuring it out. It's not like that information might be available elsewhere.

Say, in the newspaper.

The rest of Thomas's article is the standard conservative way of proving liberal bias. Simply assert it and assume your audience is too stupid, biased or lazy to challenge your assertion.

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