We gave it a C-
When Goldberg, a 28-year veteran correspondent at CBS News, wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed on media liberal bias in 1996, he earned the extreme ire of the Tiffany network and Dan Rather in particular. With Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, it’s payback time. In this embittered look at what he calls the leftist slant of network news, Goldberg likens Rather to a Mafia capo and slams him as power-mad (”If CBS News were a prison instead of a journalistic enterprise, three quarters of the producers and 100 percent of the vice presidents would be Dan’s bitches”). Goldberg raises valid points about source identifications and selection, as well as the impact of political correctness on the newsroom. Unfortunately, the author’s own bias and personal attacks (not to mention his annoying overuse of irate italics) make Goldberg’s analysis almost unreadable. This media watchdog needs a watchdog of his own.