The Media Factor

Conservative commentators have decried media bias and manipulation so often that I am hesitant to add my voice to the mix. The chorus of objections to the way the media handles “the news” has become so strong that the objections might have the opposite effect–people may get tired of hearing about it and shut out the complaint.

Yet the facts cannot be ignored: study after study indicates that the opinion makers in the TV and print media are overwhelmingly biased toward Democrats. Now, when I say biased, I don’t mean they simply favor the Democrats; I mean they slant stories in such a way that all fairness seems to be abandoned. I’ve mentioned previously the absurd stories that have circulated about Sarah Palin.

But another way of slanting is to not report real stories. Joe Biden has committed verbal suicide on the campaign trail numerous times, but his remarks go virtually unreported. Last week he said that when the Great Depression hit in 1929, FDR went on television to calm the American people. In 1929, FDR was governor of New York and television didn’t yet exist in the general public. Can you imagine what would have happened to Palin if she had made that remark?

Or take Obama and his “friends”: unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers; convicted real estate developer and Democratic fundraiser Tony Rezko. How many voters are aware of the significance of these connections? Even his “former” pastor, Jeremiah Wright, has disappeared from the headlines.

Then there are Obama’s statements: he’s been in all 57 states; Pennsylvanians are bitter and cling to their guns and religion, and don’t like anybody who is different than them. One could add to this list quite easily, but those are the ones that readily come to mind. Yet Dan Quayle misspelled potato and was portrayed as a dunce. What if Quayle had said there are 57 states? We would still be hearing about that.

Although this is a political cartoon, it is not really stretching the point: for McCain, or any Republican for that matter, the media is almost always the enemy. And voters who don’t check alternative sources for their news [informative websites; blogs] will be misled.