While the term “fake news” has only recently become a meme, media bias has plagued Republicans and conservative organizations for decades. Media bias isn’t just reporting incorrect or outright false “facts”; it’s also using questionable sources to corroborate real stories.
For example, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a George Soros-funded, liberal-run and Democrat-associated “watchdog” whose primary function is to file complaints against right-leaning individuals and organizations.
To date, 98 percent of CREW’s IRS complaints have been filed against conservatives and 80 percent of House Ethics complaints targeted Republicans.
Yet media reports covering its complaints in November used descriptions like “nonprofit watchdog,” “watchdog group” and a “government ethics watchdog.”
A Reuters/Ipsos poll from October found that less than 50 percent of Americans trust the press. If the media wants to regain the public’s trust, it can start by actually calling a liberal a liberal.
Richard Berman is executive director of the Center for Organizational Research and Education.