Media bias at KSPN
December 19, 2010
Wednesday morning I was listening to the 7 a.m. news on KSPN. They were discussing the Swedish government’s attempts to keep Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in jail. The announcer then said “Go Sweden!” and explained that she had no sympathy for Assange.
Concerned by this outright bias in media, I phoned in on the studio line and talked to her. I explained to her that freedom of speech is an important right in America. She said freedom of speech didn’t apply to him. She then said that Assange was a “sex offender.” I explained to her that we also have a right in America called “Innocent until proven guilty.” She didn’t like that either. We continued the discussion for a minute or two. Overall she did a fine job of promoting the official U.S. government line.
There is a problem here. It is not the job of the media to promote the official government line. It is in fact the job of the media to expose incompetence, corruption, and criminal activity by the government, as Wikileaks has done. Without this, the government can get away with anything.
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Like a muscle, it must be exercised or it disappears. If you believe that freedom of speech is important, how about calling KSPN and telling them so. Or perhaps you would like the benefit of a fair trial in case the cops accuse you of something, rather than have KSPN take the position that you are guilty anytime the government says so.
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