You Got to Be Kidding Me!

Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain!

Posted in Politics by Stacy McMahon on November 11, 2008

Greg Mitchell at E&P has this feeble denial of media bias in the late presidential campaign:

We’ve posted on this subject in recent days, suggesting that the widely-publicized recent studies, including the Wash Post’s self-audit, are flawed or misleading, but now I have done a full article about it over at E&P.

Er, seriously, you’re not fooling anyone. Obama may have been the better candidate, but the vicious attacks on Palin, near-total blackout on Biden and total blackout of anything remotely embarrassing (especially anything liberal) about Obama’s past can’t be explained or justified in any other way.

The most you can say for the MSM in this campaign is that they did manage to treat McCain more or less with the respect he deserves. My personal theory is that 90% or more of working journalists (and 100% of editors) are just arrogant fatheads who see themselves as the guiding star sent out to lead the dumb masses by the nose. But I’m willing to entertain alternatives, such as that reporters bashed Palin to get back at her for bashing them in her convention speech, that they were more interested in Obama because of the historic nature of his potential election, that Biden was ignored because he’s an old story in Washington, the campaign was covered as a horse race because all campaigns are covered as horse races, etc. The only problem is that if true, none of those explanations are really any better than plain political bias.

And Mr. Mitchell, at least don’t deny it. The few other countries with a free press have media companies who wear their political leanings on their sleeve and let the public decide what to read. Only in the US does the major media pretend to be objective and unbiased. We now know that’s not true and never has been — at least have some dignity about it.

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  1. Clint said, on November 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    oh, it’s only a U.S. thing? I am very pleased to hear that. I thought the whole world was seeking the “unicorn” (as in something you’ll never find) of the perfect objective news source, and have always thought it’s better to listen to the 50 voices yelling in the room, look at the consensus, and to consider the 2 (or more) extreme viewpoints as well…

  2. Christina G said, on November 13, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Naw, in Germany there are conservative papers/sites and liberal ones. I kinda look at the US the same way though, even if they say they are objective. I mean, I can figure out on my own that MSNBC is liberal and Fox is conservative. Don’t think it’s much of a challenge to sniff out the bias in the US.


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