- - Thursday, January 23, 2014

Nat Hentoff’s frustration in his op-ed is understandable (“How we will be a self-governing republic again,” Commentary, Jan. 15). Yet I think Mr. Hentoff and most other more conservative commentators are missing the mark as far as media bias is concerned.

There has been a hue and cry for many years about the failure of the “media” to take a stand against encroaching control — federal in general and executive in particular — over the lives and rights of Americans. The media is looked upon as a monolith, when it is actually made up of many individual parts: print, radio, broadcast and cable TV and online.

The problem is that conservatives have over the years allowed these elements of the media to be taken over for the most part by individuals or groups that espouse a liberal agenda. Each newspaper, radio station or TV channel is an individual property that can be bought or sold. Conservatives have to ask themselves why they have not been assertive in purchasing these media properties or sponsoring their own outlets.

When the complaint is made that a high percentage of reporters say they vote Democratic, the implication seems to be that reporters are liberal by nature, which far from the truth. Most reporters today are liberal, because liberal media outlets hire mostly or only liberal reporters. It is as simple as that.

Conservative organizations should dedicate themselves to acquiring media properties one after another until they reach the point where they can compete with the liberal agenda espoused by most media outlets today. Stop being frustrated by how liberal the media is and instead do something to bring a better balance to what the American people are exposed to day after day from the “progressives.” Only then will the deterioration of individual rights be slowed and a beginning made in restoration of those rights already lost.

THOMAS J. RYAN

Bethany Beach, Del.