Sam Watson
AP Government Summer Assignment
“Plunging Into Politics”

Goldberg, Bernard. BIAS. Washington, D.C. Regnery Publishing Company. 2002.

Bernard Goldberg’s book offers us a view of the media that is not often publicized.   The news that is reported to us by CBS, NBC, FOX, as well as the press (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, etc.) is filled with bias that affects the way the facts are delivered.   Goldberg’s book outlines this with the event that took him off of the air as a long time CBS journalist at CBS headquarters in NY, and supports his argument with examples of similar situations in the media.  
Goldberg was a long time critic of liberal bias in the news.   Working at CBS, a very liberal news group, he felt it’s presence in the field, at the headquarters; everywhere involved in putting the stories out on the evening broadcast or other programs.   When he approached Andrew Heyward, President of CBS news at the time, he was brushed off.   Repeatedly he asked to cover stories and proposed programs that he thought would counter other stories that had recently run, that would provide another opinion on the matter.   He was told it was “controversial” and dismissed.   Goldberg bluntly told Heyward that he knew the media was biased, Heyward knew it, and America knew it.   Heywards response was, “I know it is, everyone knows it.   But if you tell anyone, I’ll deny it”.  
Goldberg says that the problem with media bias is that it cannot be removed by simply pointing it out to the press.   What I took from his book is that; this is because they do not see it.   The media has become a tool for politics.   People will stand by their political views, as they should.   They have the freedom to say what they want and express their beliefs.   But the conflict arises when these beliefs and the facts delivered on the news clash.   The way a story is told, the critics brought in to analyze it, and censoring of stories can turn facts into entertainment or...