Could a liberal media miss the big story of the 90s?…

Writing for TomPaine.com, Dr. Michael Dolny has this to say about bias in the news media:

“Both print and broadcast media have practiced in recent years an uncritical, if not reflexive, cheerleading of CEOs, mergers and acquisitions, the latest earnings, and deregulation. That hardly amounts to a liberal bias. This conservative, pro-corporate propagandizing has been the dominant tone for some time, although the still-unfolding corporate accounting scandals have cracked this veneer.”

He blames by inference media corporatization for this cheerleading (by citing authors who lay such blame). So, is this evidence of a conservative bias? I doubt it. Reporters get cozy with those they cover because it’s difficult to do the job without striking a balance between being critics and confidants. Plus, business reporters are constrained by the private nature even of public companies. Politicians must talk. CEOs talk only if it suits them. Government information is, for the most part, public. Business information is, for the most part, private.

This bias Dr. Dolny writes about is more structural and less political, although structural bias certainly creates the political consequences Dolny decries. That’s not so say his article is without merit. Rather, I question contentions about broad political bias in the news media.