There is no conspiracy at work here. Indeed, conspiracies are very difficult to pull off these days; our emails can be hacked, our telephone conversations recorded, even our whereabouts can be tracked. Moreover, the media — should I write The Media? — is not some monolithic bloc with a political agenda. Believe it or not, there are a zillion people out there with a zillion different points of view. If you haven’t read articles lionizing Ms. Gabbard, then you’re simply not reading the “right” articles. I’m sure they’re out there.

Perhaps your concern is that The Mainstream Media — that elitist clique of smartypants people who are out to control the world — has not given Ms. Gabbard the amount of positive coverage you think she deserves. If that be the case, then all I can tell you is that this is a big world and there are people out there who don’t share your opinions, and they have every right to promulgate their opinions, just like you.

What you call “bias” is simply “opinions that you disagree with”. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, and everybody is entitled to promulgate that opinion. If some people’s opinions are spread more widely than yours, it’s probably because they have established a reputation. I think that Cal Thomas is an idiot, but his reputation gives him a bigger audience than I’ll ever have. The same thing goes for Sean Hannity, Anne Coulter, Rush Limbaugh. I think that these people are wrong, wrong, wrong — but I don’t assume the existence of some grand conspiracy out to deceive the American public. They’re doing it individually, not as a group.

Instead of griping about the positive coverage that other people get, I suggest that you work at making your writing the best you can make it. Do all the research, dig up facts, sweat over every word and clause, and make your stuff so damn good that millions of people want to read it. Then you can bask in the approbation of millions while some plucky young upstart complains that you are biased. 😀

Master of Science, Physics, 1975. Computer Game Designer. Interactive Storytelling. www.erasmatazz.com

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