Larry King: No Bias on CNN

Larry King: No Bias on CNN

Larry King
Larry King

Despite bountiful evidence to the contrary, Larry King claims that he never witnessed any media bias in his many years in the business.  Really, he used the word “never.”  Over 50 years in radio and television, and he never saw any bias.

“I worked at CNN for almost 26 years. I worked in Mutual Radio for 20 years. I’ve been in the business 57 years. I have never seen a bias off the air or on,” King told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“I’ve never seen anyone say, let’s go get this person today, let’s really ram it into him. I’ve never seen it. If a Democrat or Republican commits some horrendous story, the story will run, the networks will cover it.”

“I have never seen anyone at CNN ever say, boy, here’s how we’re going to deal with this today to put this guy down and elevate this guy up. I’ve never seen it,” King said Wednesday.  That even extends to coverage of political events, King insists.

“I’ve covered every convention since 1960. I’ve never gone to a convention with a built-in bias . . . It’s the truth. It’s not a feeling. It’s not an opinion . . . It’s my experience.”

Well, if you define media bias as someone saying “Let’s put this guy down and elevate this guy up” or Let’s go get this person today,” then King could be right.  Bias is usually a tad more subtle than that, although certainly not always.  Sometimes the naiveté or obtuseness of celebrities – even “news” celebrities – can be mind-boggling.  Perhaps King needed that blatant, no-doubt-about-it bias in order to see it.  Or perhaps he chose to not see it.

King certainly has the right to his opinion and his experience.  However, we have to question if he watched the same CNN as the rest of us.  It was CNN’s bias that finally drove me away.  I gave it up after the 2008 election when Campbell Brown resorted to shrieking questions and accusations at any Republican that was unfortunate enough to be on her show.  Since then other CNN hosts, such as Soledad O’Brien, Piers Morgan,  and Eliot Spitzer, have  reinforced my opinion that CNN, impartiality, and often common sense are not best buds.  (Note: For what it’s worth, I seldom watch ABC, NBC, CBS, or Fox News either.  For the most part, I get my news from a myriad of online sources).

So Larry King never saw any biased reporting at CNN.  When someone deals in absolutes (King used the word “never” six times in the quote above), they’re seldom right.  Sorry, Larry, I don’t believe you.

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  • The scary part (for me, at least) is that Larry King genuinely believes what he is saying. King’s comments are like someone who went to the Deep South during the worst of the Jim Crow era and claimed there was no evidence whatsoever of anti-black racism.

    It is important to remember that CNN is not a news organization, and never has been. It is a political organization whose primary function is to promote a hard left worldview. That worldview is the One Unquestioned Truth – beyond criticism and impervious to fact – and I think it is safe to say that King probably never encountered anyone at CNN who openly disagreed with it.

    There is one advantage conservatives have that liberals like King don’t: conservatives routinely have to deal with viewpoints they disagree with. We conservatives are a minority in places such as the media and academia (I work in the latter), and we do not have the luxury King enjoys of pretending there is no legitimate competing worldview. King has successfully segregated himself in the back of a CNN-provided limousine and can no longer see the real world.

    • Melanie says:

      You are SO right, Recovering Lutheran. So many liberals seem to be genuinely surprised when someone disagrees with them.

      • OldSoldier54 says:

        And then they recoil in horror as if they suddenly perceive the Evil One before them! Or so one might suppose judging from their reaction. 🙂

  • OldSoldier54 says:

    What’s that old saw about there being none so blind as those who refuse to see?

    Larry King would be a good poster child for that … and he has a LOT of company … alas …

  • Merle says:

    Well then, that CONFIRMS Larry King is part of the problem, doesn’t it?


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