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Bernard Goldberg

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This is the essence of the problem. To Dan Rather and to a lot of other powerful members of the chattering class, that which is right of center is conservative. That which is left of center is middle of the road. No wonder they can't recognize their own bias.
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Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News (2001)

 
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