Monday, November 10, 2008

Bias Confirmation From An Unlikely Source

Some Typical Sources Of Left Leaning Media

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post are some of the classic examples of newspapers that tend to lead with their political stance before they lead with the credo of unbiased news story telling. That said, they would be the first to deny that.

It therefore comes as a form of REAL confirmation of the bias of the media during the election, when a writer for one of these papers actually does the research, and has the objectivity to report on the way the coverage went.

When conservative talk radio speaks of media bias, they are called paranoid and just plain wrong. Perhaps when one of their own recognizes the trend, the rest of the media will sit up, take notice, and perhaps, just perhaps alter the way that they cover bi-partisan events.

Deborah Howell, Ombudsman for The Washington Post

***I have done my research on this story from sources other than The Washington Post Online, due to the fact that the link to the story was not working while others on the site were. I am not paranoid, but perhaps the link was disabled due to the nature of the story. Or maybe I am paranoid. (if anyone finds that the link is working now, please let me know). Turns out I am, the link is now working.

In any event, these were her findings:

"The op-ed page ran far more laudatory opinion pieces on Obama, 32, than on Sen. John McCain, 13. There were far more negative pieces (58) about McCain than there were about Obama (32), and Obama got the editorial board's endorsement. . ."

"Howell and her assistant found that news stories and photos about Obama outnumbered McCain coverage. Additionally Howell wrote that “like most of the national news media”, Post reporters, photographers, and editors found Obama just more “newsworthy and historic” than an older well-known battle-scarred McCain."

"Howell confirms that “Obama deserved tougher scrutiny than he got.” Howell was specifically concerned with the lack of coverage of his undergraduate years, his Chicago connections, his relationship with Tony Rezko, and that “The Post did nothing on Obama's acknowledged drug use as a teenager.”

It is not just the imagination of the people that watch and listen to the coverage. We are smarter than that and can see and hear what is going on.

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