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11/02/2007

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Completely off topic, but seeing a headline made me think of it.

Remember all those cracks you've made over the years about the "supposed media bias"? Well, it's turned out to not be so supposed after all.

Just like so many reports before it, a joint survey by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy — hardly a bastion of conservative orthodoxy — found that in covering the current presidential race, the media are sympathetic to Democrats and hostile to Republicans.

Democrats are not only favored in the tone of the coverage. They get more coverage period. This is particularly evident on morning news shows, which "produced almost twice as many stories (51% to 27%) focused on Democratic candidates than on Republicans."

Um, Frank: It was a condom joke. How do you get from condom joke to media bias?

I said it was completely off topic. Don't try to get into my head, Tom. It's a scary place.

But hey, the condom joke was funny.

Frank,
Have you considered that the Democratic candidates are for the most part, your run-of-the-mill political hacks while the Republican field is mostly crackpots (though not of DK's caliber). Giuliani and Romney won their last elections by being non-Republican Republicans, now they're talkin' Family Values. Even McCain with his bomb, bomb Iran schtick and we're winning in Iraq hallucinations has become an object of ridicule. Strange what wanting to be President has done to a true, American patriot. That's not sarcasm, I used to think the world of John McCain even if I didn't agree with him.
So, a fair unbiased Press, calling 'em as they sees 'em can't help but have less favorable coverage of the clowns the GOP has let rise to the top.

So, Wally, it's better to have a biased press, simply because it suits your biases? I thought the ideal was to have non-partisan, neutral, even-handed coverage.

And if you believe the American press is "fair," then I have some bridges you may be interested in buying.

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