The title of your opinion piece in the SV Weekend on Jan. 19 was appropriately titled “Press must hold up its end of democracy.” I heartily agree the media has a vital role, although I, and most intellectually honest people in our nation, would say you have not done your job.
As you said in your piece, “Information in … the news media … is how most people find out what their government officials are up to.” For that matter, it's how we find out anything. It’s true to say that most wouldn’t know what happened on the other side of town, let alone the country or state, if it wasn’t for the news media.
They possess tremendous power in shaping the opinions people have of their public officials and other issues. Those opinions translate into votes. What you in the media cover and don't cover – and the tone of that coverage – has a large part in deciding who gets elected.
That established, it’s not surprising that liberal candidates benefit in elections since the mainstream media coverage is so slanted toward the liberal perspective. Because of this, the media owns a great share of responsibility for the sorry, declining state of our nation.
A case in point is the opinion you propagated in your piece, regarding the meaning of the First Amendment. Wouldn’t it be newsworthy to cover what the Founders who wrote the First Amendment had to say about it? (A good book by David Barton called "The Myth of Separation" does just that.) Is it less newsworthy because some don’t like being reminded of the history?
I and others see liberal AP and MCT News Service bias on the “news” pages constantly. Never see a cartoon on your op-ed page showing a conservative viewpoint.
The people deserve balanced media.