Media Bias — The Timeline
It took two months for the news of veteran correspondent Bernard Goldberg’s departure from arguably the medium’s most highly regarded sports show to emerge. Tweet
When longtime CBS news correspondent Bernard Goldberg published Bias back in 2001—his insider report on the Left/liberal slant of the network’s coverage (with special attention to anchor Dan Rather)—the book was a national sensation. Bias, much debated and spurred by a photo of then-President George W. Bush carrying it as he boarded Air Force One, was number one on New York Times’ Best Seller list for nine weeks. Many were stunned by its revelations.
That was then.
Goldberg left—or was eased out of—his job in early 2021 as a correspondent on HBO’s Real Sports after a tenure of 20 years, as this report indicates. Why? Because the show has become increasingly politicized. Once again, as a conservative, Goldberg was odd man out. Among other things, in the wake of Black Lives Matter, behind the scenes Goldberg had been arguing, without success, that the show should at least acknowledge differing points of view by, for instance, interviewing African-American Sportswriter and BLM Critic Jason Whitlock.
But what’s most telling is the silence. It took two months for the news of the veteran correspondent’s departure from arguably the medium’s most highly regarded sports show to emerge—even then, it went ignored by mainstream outlets. Why? Because media bias currently is so much a given, it doesn’t qualify as news. No one is shocked or even mildly surprised; besides which, and as much to the point, mainstream outlets almost never cover stories involving their own Leftist leanings anyway, because they refuse to acknowledge they exist.
So it was left to Ben Koo and his little-known Awful Announcing site to do the job once performed by Edward R. Murrow and CBS News.