Check this out. This study shows that the media has portrayed McCain “in a substantially negative [light]…coverage of McCain has been heavily unfavorable – and has become more so over time.” In case you want to dismiss the study and say it’s biased, there’s a link to the study itself where you can read it for yourself. This isn’t a big surprise to anybody who’s been paying attention. I’m not adding my voice to the chorus of “THE LIE-BERAL MEDIA BIAS” but it’s sure seemed to me that Obama has been getting great treatment in comparison to McCain.
The other day I saw a piece on CNN that was “checking the truth” of claims made by the candidates. First they looked at McCain saying that Obama wanted to “spread the wealth around” a la his conversation with Joe the Plumber. They deemed McCain’s statement that Obama wanted to spread the wealth “misleading,” and went on to say that was just one thing Obama said in a five minute conversation with Joe the Plumber. They then looked at something Obama said about McCain and deemed it “True, but incomplete.” Their reasoning? Exactly the same as they used with what McCain said – Obama left some stuff out of what McCain had said.
Somehow that same action when McCain does it is “misleading” but with Obama it’s “true but incomplete.”
I’m not really a McCain or Obama supporter but the state of journalism in our country pretty much sucks.