Despite Chris Matthews’ letting the world know that he himself has the sole responsibility of making Barack Obama a successful President, and regardless of biased Campbell Brown’s “No Bias No Bull” show on CNN, the mainstream media has already began questioning its integrity and its role in the election of Barack Hussein Obama. It’s only taken 5 days!
In today’s Washington Post, columnist Deborah Howell analyzes the Post’s coverage of the Presidential campaign since Novemebr 2007, and, not surprisingly, the Post’s coverage was far more favorable to Barack Obama than to John McCain, and revealed an obvious bias in the news stories. It was found that the articles that were printed consisted more of campaign jabs than policy comparisons of the candidates, as though the policy issues were not important in the Presidential race.
“But Obama deserved tougher scrutiny than he got, especially of his undergraduate years, his start in Chicago and his relationship with Antoin “Tony” Rezko, who was convicted this year of influence-peddling in Chicago. The Post did nothing on Obama’s acknowledged drug use as a teenager.”
“One gaping hole in coverage involved Joe Biden, Obama’s running mate. When Gov. Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president, reporters were booking the next flight to Alaska. Some readers thought The Post went over Palin with a fine-tooth comb and neglected Biden. They are right; it was a serious omission”
More news outlets will fall in line behind The Washington Post, except for, perhaps, the New York Times, and perhaps the true spectre of journalism might have a chance to be rekindled. In all fairness to our President-elect (Yes, Sean Penn and Bill Maher, even those of us who do not support Obama’s positions or ideology respect the fact that he is “our President for 1458 more days”, something you never did with our President Bush), the media must step back from the “Obama Kool Aid”, and drink from the ethics of unbiased news reporting if Obama is to be able to have a functional Presidency.