John Harris and Jim Vandehei cheerfully admit that they, their site, The Politico, and the overwhelming majority of the media is cheerfully in the tank for Barack Obama. And the are completely unapologetic about it, even though their own Obama worship makes even them cringe at times.
The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s researchers found that John McCain, over the six weeks since the Republican convention, got four times as many negative stories as positive ones. The study found six out of 10 McCain stories were negative.
What’s more, Obama had more than twice as many positive stories (36 percent) as McCain — and just half the percentage of negative (29 percent).
You call that balanced?
OK, let’s just get this over with: Yes, in the closing weeks of this election, John McCain and Sarah Palin are getting hosed in the press, and at Politico.
And, yes, based on a combined 35 years in the news business we’d take an educated guess — nothing so scientific as a Pew study — that Obama will win the votes of probably 80 percent or more of journalists covering the 2008 election. Most political journalists we know are centrists — instinctually skeptical of ideological zealotry — but with at least a mild liberal tilt to their thinking, particularly on social issues.
(Do go read the whole thing, don’t let me filter the news for you.)
In other words, those of us who have been pointing out the obvious are right. The media is in the tank for Obama and quite happy to be there. So, since we no longer have to question their objectivity, perhaps it is time to begin questioning their truthfulness. In other words, how much of what they are reporting as fact is being twisted, manipulated or simply made up in their need to please their tankmates and help their chosen one across the finish line?