CNN’s Jake Tapper sat down Wednesday for a Reddit interview and, when asked about bias in media, he gave a typically straight-forward answer:
Yes I do but I also think it’s more complicated than just liberal bias. I think there are a lot of hard-working reporters in NYC and DC who have never fired a gun, or never worked a 9-5 manual labor job, or lived in the middle of the country, or worried about their next paycheck, or have anyone in their family who serves in the military and I think that creates a cultural bias.
But I also think there are a lot of reporters who work to counter that and understand the limitations of their own realities.
But yes, I do think there is bias. Reluctant to name names though because I try to be collegial.
NBC’s Chuck Todd has also suggested to me via Twitter that the bias in media is “cultural” as opposed to political bias.
Personally, I would argue more of that point than I would concede it. But regardless of who is right about the disease, the end result is a left-wing political bias.
Yesterday, on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, Tapper was just as forthcoming about the rhetoric we’re hearing from Democrats during this budget debate, including President Obama:
HEWITT: Now Jake Tapper, first question, do you think the President and the Democrats’ rhetoric is qualitatively different than the Speaker and the Republicans’ rhetoric?
TAPPER : Well, I haven’t heard the Republicans, we’re just talking about insults now, not anything else. I haven’t heard Republicans comparing the Democrats to suicide bombers or to kidnappers or to arsonists. But it’s possible that I’m not paying close enough attention.
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