It isn’t just my imagination. The MSM is fawning over President Obama.
According to the Center for Media and Public Affairs:
The media have given President Obama more coverage than George W. Bush and Bill Clinton combined and more positive coverage than either received at this point in their presidencies. . . .
During his first 50 days in office, the three broadcast network evening news shows devoted 1021 stories lasting 27 hours 44 minutes to Barack Obama’s presidency. The daily average of seven stories and over 11 minutes of airtime represents about half of the entire newscasts. By contrast, at this point in their presidencies George W. Bush had received 7 hours 42 minutes and Bill Clinton garnered 15 hours 2 minutes of coverage, for a combined total airtime five hours less than Mr. Obama’s.
Emphasis added. And the MSM hasn’t just been obsessed with showcasing the President’s image, they’ve also, by and large, been promoting his policies:
Mr. Obama has received not only more press but also better press than his immediate predecessors. On the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news, fifty-eight percent of all evaluations of the president and his policies have been favorable, and 42 percent were unfavorable. CMPA’s previous studies of network news found that George W. Bush received only 33 percent positive evaluations by sources and reporters during the first 50 days of his administration in 2001, and Bill Clinton received only 44 percent positive evaluations during his first ten weeks (70 days) in office in 1993.
And I had thought the news media loved Bill Cliinton when he took office in 1993. If Obama falters, he may not only hurt his party, but he could well bring the MSM down with him as well.
FROM THE COMMENTS: MIchelle raises an interesting point:
I don’t doubt that the MSM has been falling head-over-heels for Obama, but do you think that just the pure AMOUNT of coverage has been because the news cycle has INSANELY ramped up their coverage since the days of Clinton and even Bush?