Thousands of Americans have adamantly protested the budget reform proposal of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a conflict that has drawn plenty of national attention. Some critics have argued that a lot of the media coverage is steeped in liberal bias.
According to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), a story-by-story analysis by the Media Research Center (MRC) reveals a double standard in how major television networks have covered liberal and conservative protests. For example, ABC and CBS broadcasts used words like "slurs," "epithets" and "incivility" to describe last year's Tea Party protests of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform.
In August 2009, ABC anchor Charles Gibson condemned protesters who brought pictures of Obama with an Adolf Hitler-style mustache. However, Gibson failed to mention that the signs were crafted by a fringe group and not Tea Party or conservative supporters. Furthermore, following the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., many national news broadcasts incited controversy about symbols that resembled crosshairs on Sarah Palin's website.
During the recent protests in Wisconsin, several liberal protesters have carried inflammatory signs that compared Walker to Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Hosni Mubarak. In addition, one protester drew a crosshair symbol over a picture of Walker accompanied by the caption "Don't Retreat, Reload; Repeal Walker," the WSJ reported.
These extremist actions have not been covered by most media outlets, many of which have provided positive press for the anti-Walker movement.
"Liberals no doubt consider the Wisconsin protesters righteous. But if those protesters were Tea Partiers, the same Left would’ve been calling them racist from the get-go," wrote Jack Hunter of The American Conservative.