CNN’s Jake Tapper was asked about media bias during an “Ask Me Anything” session with Reddit users on Wednesday:
Do you believe there is bias in mainstream media? If yes, which way does it slant and which networks?
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.
In other words, Tapper is saying, “Yes, there is liberal media bias, but most reporters can’t help it because it’s cultural, and I don’t want to risk losing friendships with my liberal friends by actually naming them and exposing their liberal bias.”