The Media Is Beating Up Obama, Cake-Walking McCain: Where's the Liberal Bias?
July 29, 2008 Election '08
We all know it's bullshit, but like so many other zombie narratives, here's an old perennial stomping its way through the graveyard ready to snatch the souls out of anybody who has the temerity to suggest it isn't actually ... alive:
Haters of the mainstream media reheated a bit of conventional wisdom last week.
Barack Obama, they said, was getting a free ride from those insufferable liberals.
Such pronouncements, sorry to say, tend to be wrong since they describe a monolithic media that no longer exists. Information today cascades from countless outlets and channels, from the Huffington Post to Politico.com to CBS News and beyond.
But now there's additional evidence that casts doubt on the bias claims aimed -- with particular venom -- at three broadcast networks.
The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, where researchers have tracked network news content for two decades, found that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Obama than on Republican John McCain during the first six weeks of the general-election campaign.
You read it right: tougher on the Democrat.