Truth and bias


To the Editor:

Last week, in a Letter to the Editor (July 21, “For truth, forsake mainstream media”), Ann Deitrich opined on the absence of truth in the mainstream media (a.k.a. Drive-by media). She suggested several alternative sources of the truth, including online sources like Bill Moyers, Common Dreams, and Truthout. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Bill Moyers has never met a left-wing idea he didn’t like. PBS is a bastion of “liberal think,” and Bill Moyers was the cheerleader of a very strident form of left-wing bias. Moyers used his PBS show as a platform to attack conservatives and Republicans. Although he has departed from PBS, Moyers continues his leftist agenda on his current website.

Common Dreams is a progressive website with a leftist agenda founded by a community organizer, and staffed with left-leaning individuals who deliver their version of the “Blame America First” doctrine and present bankrupt positions on climate change.

You might think a site like “Truthout” would have some credibility, but au contraire. They promote themselves as a source of news you can trust and perspectives you won’t find elsewhere. If you can’t find this slanted view anywhere else, you aren’t looking very hard. You can find it on the debris discarded by protesters at any anti-America rally. They claim to remain free of bias, yet they only present ultraprogressive opinion pieces denigrating anyone representing conservative values or a position they determine is contrary to their progressive views.

Every time I read letters by the likes of Ms. Deitrich, I feel like I’m in a time warp and back in 1960s and 1970s. The only difference between the intellectually vacuous and morally bankrupt musings offered up by the suggested news sources and the mainstream media is the delivery system — on-air or cable, versus the Internet.

Joseph J. Passafiume