Not long ago, a critical reader observed that most of my posts that week had focused on media bias. He was right. I have written a lot about that in this campaign.
In their election day roundup, Pajamas linked Roger Aronoff’s post finding “the mainstream media were overwhelmingly in the tank for Barack Obama, and did their part to make sure he will be elected.”
Howard Kurtz finds the same thing going on on TV Talk shows: “If anyone doubts there is a liberal entertainment establishment, it has been vividly on display:”
the McCain ticket was the target of 475 jokes by Letterman and Leno from Sept. 1 to Oct. 24, while the Obama ticket was zinged just 69 times, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs. McCain just can’t catch a break in the pop culture wars.
(Via Victorino Matus at the Weekly Standard.)
The media fawn all over Obama while grilling John McCain. It seems the Arizona Senator gained nothing from making himself accessible to the media over the years, offering choice sound-bytes critical of his fellow Republicans when the MSM wanted to show divisions in the GOP.
It doesn’t seem John McCain was prepared for this “betrayal.” He did not realize that this time, to get his message out, he’d need to go around the media not through them as he had in the past.
As this campaign drew to a close, just look at two stories the MSM (with a few notable exceptions) has all but ignored.
- In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Obama had said his environmental policies could cause energy prices to skyrocket, possibly bankrupting coal companies. The national media gave the story short shrift. Local media, particularly in coal-producing regions, do seem to have picked this up.
- The Obama campaign disabled AVS, an Automated Verification System, for online donations. Disabling AVS safeguards disabled makes it easier for foreigners to donate (illegally) and for others to donate multiple times (with their combined donations possibly exceeding legal limits). Given that Obama refused public financing, you’d think the MSM would want to make sure that Obama complied with the law in raising his funds. But, they’ve barely covered the story.
I suspect that we’ll hear a lot about this fund-raising scandal after the election. And we may even learn that the Democrat spent more money than it raised.