Saturday, November 22, 2008

Halperin at Politico/USC conf.: 'extreme pro-Obama' press bias

Ya think?

Halperin at Politico/USC conf.: 'extreme pro-Obama' press bias - Alexander Burns -
Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other national campaign in recent history, Time magazine's Mark Halperin said Friday at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election.

"It's the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war," Halperin said at a panel of media analysts. "It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage."

Halperin, who maintains Time's political site "The Page," cited two New York Times articles as examples of the divergent coverage of the two candidates.

"The example that I use, at the end of the campaign, was the two profiles that The New York Times ran of the potential first ladies," Halperin said. "The story about Cindy McCain was vicious. It looked for every negative thing they could find about her and it case her in an extraordinarily negative light. It didn't talk about her work, for instance, as a mother for her children, and they cherry-picked every negative thing that's ever been written about her."

The story about Michelle Obama, by contrast, was "like a front-page endorsement of what a great person Michelle Obama is," according to Halperin.


Ray in AZ said...

To cover for their "indiscretion", the media will continue their fawning under the guise of "the honeymoon", which I'm forecasting to last over four years.

Ron Ballew said...

I'm not sure. The msm has been so discredited that the honeymoon may not last that long. Also Obama is tacking right, much to the consternation of the net roots.