Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Sad State of American Journalism

Republicans have long complained about the bias in the "liberal media", but never before in history has the coverage of a national election in the U.S. been so one sided.

The Pew Research Center released a study earlier this week that found more than half the stories on John McCain were negative in nature. Conversely, the study found that two-thirds of the stories on Obama were positive or neutral.

The often criticised Russian media took notice.
Russia's Central Elections Committee has also assigned its Centre for the Study of Election Technology to review the U. S. election campaign.

A preliminary report prepared by the group, after studying U. S. media coverage on the NBC, CBS and ABC television networks since September, has concluded Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, has a "hidden advantage."

Michael Malone of ABC.com wrote in a recent post that he was "deeply ashamed right now to be called a 'journalist'."
I watched with disbelief as the nation’s leading newspapers, many of whom I’d written for in the past, slowly let opinion pieces creep into the news section, and from there onto the front page. Personal opinions and comments that, had they appeared in my stories in 1979, would have gotten my butt kicked by the nearest copy editor, were now standard operating procedure at the New York Times, the Washington Post, and soon after in almost every small town paper in the U.S.

The job the media has done of vetting the Democrat candidates has become so poor that when Sen. Joe Biden sat down with Barbara West of Orlando's KFTV he was questioning who wrote her questions. She asked him directly about some of the tough criticisms that have been levelled by Republicans against his and Obama's campaign. It was asking those tough questions that resulted in possibly the best interview this election season.

She asked Sen. Biden about Obama's relationships with Acorn and the allegations of voter fraud. She asked Biden about Obama's "spread the wealth" comment. She asked him about Marxism. She asked him some very tough questions about policy that Sen. Biden responded to with intelligence and honesty.

If more "journalists" would do their job with true objectivity, as Ms West did, the American people would be left with the ability to make a truthful decision about who they personally believe is best for America.

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