Thursday, August 02, 2007

The NYTimes Discovers Media Bias

From my column in the Boston Herald today:

Even The New York Times, which loathes Murdoch, concedes that he knows how to run a media business. “When he introduced the Fox News Channel in 1996, critics said there was no room for a new entrant,” the Times reported. “Today, the network is profitable and has overtaken CNN in the ratings.”

And what a gross understatement. All of the top five prime-time cable news shows are on Fox. CNN is lucky to get two shows in the top 10, and one of those is always Larry King with yet another hard-hitting grilling of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.

“Overtaken?” Murdoch’s network kicks CNN’s media assets every week. The Times reporting is misleading to the point of - dare I say - bias?