You wouldn’t think so, considering his long career in broadcast journalism, but Bernard Goldberg understands that the pervasive bigotry infecting mainstream media is based on class, or to be more specific, “working class.” Progressive group-think in newsrooms—and virtually all forms of American media—largely dismisses suburban and rural Americans as unsophisticated bumpkins, and worse, as intolerant, shallow and mean-spirited.
His 2001 best-seller, Bias, was the first publication to “out” the ingrained elitism in major American media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and network news organizations. Following the publication of his book, he was derided and shunned by his former peers.
But something interesting is starting to happen: Other journalists (admittedly, only a few) are beginning to acknowledge the double standard. Last week, Jake Tapper of ABC News said that the media was negligent in doing its job; On August 25, Arthur Brisbane, the outgoing ombudsman for The New York Times, wrote in his final column:
Across the paper’s many departments, though, so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism — for lack of a better term — that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times.
On his weekly O’Reilly Factor segment, Goldberg last night talked about Brisbane, Tapper and whether their comments are abberations or an actual change in mindset. We can only hope.