In a comment to a recent post, a critic wrote that I’d “written a myriad of posts on supposed media bias in just the past 48 hours.”Â And he’s right, except for that adjective.
According to Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post, a new study finds that “Media coverage of John McCain has been . . . more than three times as negative as the portrayal of Barack Obama.” The study also found that Sarah Palin drew “three times as much coverage as the Democrats’ VP nominee, Joe Biden [whose] coverage was far more negative than Palin’s. That may be because Biden tends to make news primarily when he commits gaffes.”
The Delaware Democrat’s gaffes are so commonplace, we tend to forget them as soon as we read about them.
Nearly every Obama supporter I talk to can tell me of the questions Sarah Palin failed to answer in her interivew with Katie Couric.Â Heck, even I can rattle them off without googling, she didn’t name the papers she read, she couldn’t identify (besides Roe v. Wade) a Supreme Court decision with which she disagreed, nor cite regulatory legislation her running mate had backed in Congress.
But, I’d forgotten about one of Biden’s biggest goofs when talking to that very CBS anchor:
Nightly news shows still haven’t tired of replaying Sarah Palin’s infamous interview with Katie Couric. But how many times have they replayed Joe Biden’s botched interview with Couric last month â€” in which he cluelessly claimed: â€œWhen the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, â€˜Look, here’s what happened.’â€
Can you imagine how the media would react if Palin had recalled Ronald Reagan’s web-cast when Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran?
Just as “the media world would be exploding” (as Kirsten Powers put it) if the Alaska Governor had said McCain’s election would prompt an international crisis, with the Administration reaction causing Americans to lose confidence in his government.
UPDATE:Â Michael Ledeen: “But imagine if Palin had said such a thing [Biden’s Seattle gaffe].Â We’d have a million column inches explaining why she doesn’t belong on a national ticket“Â (Via Instapundit).