Accuracy in Media

At the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, I snagged John Ziegler for an interview about his new documentary, “Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected And Palin Was Targeted.” He discussed why he decided to make the film and how much easier it was to do with today’s technology. Here are some excerpts of the interview, which is embedded below:

  • “I saw a lot of bias when I was even a TV sportscaster. … But see, the reason why I did this film was in 2008, it went way beyond bias. It was flat out malpractice. … If this had been a normal election, it wouldn’t have really provoked me. But what we see here was unprecedented. It was dangerous. And it needs to be called out.”
  • “Well, they know that they’re biased. Some of them laugh about it; some of them are proud of it; some of them try to mask it. They all know. To me this is almost like trying to prove Barry Bonds did steroids. It’s really so obvious to anybody that cares to look at it. But there’s a difference between feeling something is true and proving it, and I’ve proven it.”
  • “There’s one very small section at the end of the film where we use a bunch of YouTube clips, and we do that on purpose because we’re trying to make the point that the mainstream media never played these. So the only place to get them was YouTube.”
  • “I was pretty much the only one working on [the movie] up until we started editing. … [A]s far as the production, I hired some freelancers along the way. But it was almost literally a one-man deal.”
  • “We were really helped by technology. … To do this documentary even a few years ago, we would have had to get the actual news articles, photograph them, scan them or whatever, and it would have been just an incredibly arduous process. Now you find it on the Internet, you grab it — boom, bang — you render it, and it’s almost literally a few seconds.”

Cross-posted at The Enlightened Redneck

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