I have read many good points in this post, too many to quote here. Is it above the expectation of the American people to "expect" or "assume" the news media is providing unbiased reporting? Growing up, I think all of us have been taught or perhaps sold on the belief that media was honest, unbiased.... reporting the truth. As a result, I think our expectations are that the news be unbiased and we naturally get angry when we realize what we have been sold is a marketing gimick. However, I think that we should keep that expectation and demand the highest standards. Viewership, readership will eventually demand higher standards as long as that is what the people expect. It may take time, but the internet and other forms of communication are now in competition. As newspaper sale decline and stations like Fox News begin to dominate ratings, the so called "standard" will need to be re-evalutated. Unfortunetly, too many people "assume" unbiased reporting. Although this group is shrinking, I believe this group still represents the majority. The danger is that when the news becomes an advocate of a party or candidate, democracy begins to fail. Communicst nations control media to control people. When free media supports a candidate or a party, the message becomes more powerful then government controled media because it allows for the mistaken assumption that it is unfiltered, it removes the cynicism of goverment control. As stated earlier, the best way for the uninformed to get the news is to view many different media outlets. It may not help them understand the truth, but at least it will force them to try and figure out the truth. The best way for the informed to get the news is to continue to demand accountability, and like the uninformed, view multiple media outlets. Education is also important. Understanding history and government helps in providing perspective. The unfortunate thing now, is that this bias (since the 60's) has dripped down into our schools and our text books. Communists referred to this as re-education camps. We refer to it as our public school system.