I’m still thinking about this notion that “facts have a liberal bias.”
If we’re talking classical capital-L Liberalism (i.e. Enlightenment liberalism), then, yes, I think this is an interesting and, perhaps, accurate assertion. The classical conservative is a tradition-bound creature and a worshiper of authority and received (often divine) knowledge. Americans are classically liberal. And journalism is a classically liberal enterprise. We don’t have many capital-C Conservatives.
Or do we…
Check out this from Slate:
In his new book, Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House, Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary, lays out various “biases and predilections” of “the liberal press.” Among these is its ‘belief that government is a mechanism to solve the nation’s problems,” its insistence that “emotional examples of suffering…are good ways to illustrate economic statistic stories,” and its tendency to stay “fixated on the unemployment rate.” Fleischer might just as well have complained that the press believes the Earth revolves around the sun.
This isn’t liberal bias. This is Liberal bias (a bias displayed equally by FOX, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, etc.). It is certainly an ideological bias–one that can’t be helped. While our noetic field is different from the Enlightenment, it is still heavily influenced by that period.
Facts, sometimes, are inconvenient things for the classical conservative.