Get out of jail free

It makes it (even) hard(er) to take claims of so called “liberal bias” supposedly pervading all aspects of the mainstream media when stuff like this is occurring:

The [Sinclair Broadcast Group] is now pushing a so-called “must-run” segment for its 100+ local stations criticizing the media for “exaggerated” reporting on Donald Trump’s family separation policy.

[…] “Many members of the media and opponents of the president have seized on this issue to make it seem as if those who are tough on immigration are somehow monsters,” [Boris Epshteyn, Sinclair’s “chief political analyst”] began. “Let’s be honest. While some of the concern is real, a lot of it is politically driven by the liberals in politics and the media.”

[…] This is far from the first time Sinclair squeezed in a “must-run” segment of pro-Trump propaganda into its local newscasts. Epshteyn is infamous for defending Trump’s “both sides” statement after Charlottesville and regularly attacking the media for being too mean to the president.

Regular readers know that I post a lot about the “liberal media” conspiracy theory that conservatives never shut up about. It’s hard to pinpoint why it irks me so much, but I suspect a lot of it has to do with this: believing this conspiracy gives conservatives a pass. If conservatives have bad poll numbers, blame the “liberal” media! If conservatives lose elections, blame the “liberal” media! If a conservative says or does something stupid, blame the “liberal” media.

You see, conservatives never do bad things, and so if you hear of a conservative doing something bad, it must be liberal bias. Belief in the “liberal” media conspiracy theory gives conservatives a perpetual “get a out jail free” card.