"I'm the greatest"; a declaration made famous by Mohamed Ali - I think after he changed from his birth name, Cashes Clay. Was it conceit or simply personal "bias"?
To me, "bias" is the antonym of "prejudice." They don't exactly mean the same thing, but they are sort of used in the same way. Bias is used to suggest pro, whereas prejudice is used to suggest nay. In other words, to be bias is as to be in the tank for; to be prejudice is to be in the tank against.
Being a news junkie I watch, sometimes uncomfortable of content, every local and cable news channel including, the BBC and WNBC that report news from around the globe. Frankly, except for the BBC and WNBC, listening to CNN, NBC, CNBC, and Fox is like listening to a woman in love vs. a women scorned. The man may be a great person exclusive of the bias for and bias against opinions of the two women in question.
It is a challenge at best to filter through the propaganda of each network's agenda. Believe you me, each of them own different agenda and they pick no bones about it. Slogans like "Fair and Balanced" are most certainly misleading depending on viewer loyalties. If you are a liberal extremist, CNBC's Keith Olberman and Rachel Maddow may impress you as liberally accurate and fair, whereas Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity may impress you as treasonous conservatives.
When you really get down and take a closer look at matters you will come to realize that even our news networks are partisans. As they spew criticism about pork and earmarks they insist of them, those that emanate from their agenda are not pork or earmarks but sensible parasitic additions to proposed bills and/or amendments.
The Democrat's liberal TV and radio have labeled the Republicans the "Party of No." Factually, the Republicans have rightfully earned that label because they are against every liberal initiative regardless of whether it is beneficial to America or not. It is as before and never to change, politics as usual. In an effort not to appear bias; when the republicans were in control the democrats were guilty of the same. Moreover, it is Washington's way! It is rather ambitious of President Obama to think he can change this of Washington!
With all of the above there is a comical side; most Americans watch American Idle, sports, the Bachelor, the View, Days of our Lives, Oprah, ESPN, HBO, and a multitude of other cable and network shows that distract from the suffering that is being experienced by more than 13 million Americans and their families. And, it's a good thing they do!
Now, the newest republican plan is to initiate rooky democratic representatives with interruptive tactics designed to make them appear stupid and ineffective on the floor of the Congress while it is in session. Will the child's play ever stop? It's a good thing, however; most Americans have more important and better things to do than to watch C Span I and II; so much for republican hazing.
So, what's a "news junky" to do? From whom or where can I get the straight skinny? Everything is slanted left, right, or somewhere in infinity. Are there any impartial depictions? I suspect not! However I must admit, as much as I thirst for non-bias; were you to hear my views I'd bet the farm you will think mine are bias too; and conversely, I of yours.
To Andy Rooney; I'm sorry for stealing your thunder.