By: Joe Oglesby
Generally, when people make comments about the left wing media bias these comments are dismissed or brushed over. People laugh at and insult commentators such as Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh when they speak about the conspiracy in the media. Yet when an “anchor” such as Jon Stewart berates the right in his news coverage it is thought of as the truth being presented in a light-hearted manner. Sean Hannity has said it best on many occasions on his radio show and on television that we will look back at 2008 as the year journalism died.
It is not just recently that the media has been behind Barack Obama. During the primaries Hillary Clinton was also attacked by the media. Hillary was attacked relentlessly while Obama received a free pass by the major networks, excluding Fox. On CNN prior to the Texas and Ohio primaries Jack Cafferty portrays Hillary as the evil politician by proceeding to read off a laundry list of scandals Hillary was involved with; he concludes the list by stating “to name a few.” A “few” would have been two or three not the seven that he rattled off.
Hillary Clinton’s former campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson appeared on Hannity and Colmes on Fox News to discuss media bias. Wolfson who had complained about unfair coverage by the media now defends the media while Sean Hannity points out the hypocrisy shown by the media in the coverage of the two candidates. During Obama’s trip to Europe all three major news network anchors followed Obama; McCain has never been followed by the media in the same fashion.
This obvious bias is not just constrained to the television however. After Sarah Palin was announced as John McCain’s VP pick US Magazine released a cover story on her. The front page reads “John McCain’s Vice President Sarah Palin Babies, Lies, and Scandals.” This publication being a gossip magazine wouldn’t really be a problem, expect that another cover story of theirs about the Obamas portrayed them in a completely different light. The cover for this issue reads “Michele Obama Why Barack Loves Her.” US Magazine is not alone in the literary love fest. The Atlantic Monthly recently had a photo shoot for a story on John McCain. The pictures speak for themselves. The actions taken by the Atlantic Monthly are not excused by them making an apology. The Atlantic Monthly should have upon seeing the pictures known that they would need to reshoot the senator for a fair portrayal.
Studies have been done on media bias including a study out of UCLA. Keith Olberman has admitted the media is in the tank for Obama. Yet in the face of all this evidence those who claim media bias towards the left are still ridiculed. O’Reily may be the number one show on cable television. And Rush Limbaugh’s commentary does command the radio waves, but these two represent a whispered truth that magazines, periodicals, newspapers and the television networks refuse to cover. May journalism rest in peace.