By Joe Martinez-
It has been my sense in the weeks since the Democratic National Convention that the mainstream media has fell in love with Senator Obama. Fortunately for me I am not the only one witnessing this mirage . In Fact, a study just conducted at new Sacred Heart University national poll found 64.9% of Americans say the purported national media “love affair” with U.S. Senator Barack Obama is very (30.5%) or somewhat real (34.4%). This study is quit shocking, I did not think that people saw a bias in media outside Fox News. http://www.sacredheart.edu/pages/24789_poll_media_s_love_affair_with_obama.c
Of course that is just a poll done by a Catholic University that is probably not the biggest supporters of Candidate Obama. So what do the major networks have to saw about their apparent “Love affair” with one contender for the highest office in the land? Steve Adubaton media analyst MSNBC admitted as much in a recent commentary piece for MSNBC saying “A lot of us in the media are in the bag for Obama.” Much of the “love affair” I will examine for one reason or another revolves around MSNBC. In fact this news out let lead with this Headline questioning all of mainstream media on the topic:
Is media playing fair in campaign coverage?
Beginning in the early summer Obama began to open a gap in media coverage. According to The Project for Excellence in Journalism which evaluates more than 300 political stories each week in newspapers, magazines and television to measure whether each candidate is talked about in more than 25 percent of the stories For each of the weeks between June 9 and July 13, Obama had a much more significant media presence. Every week, Obama played an important role in more than two-thirds of the stories. For July 7-13, for example, Obama was a significant presence in 77 percent of the stories while McCain was in 48 percent. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23373121/
Finally, let us not forget Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews were dismissed From MSNBC as the anchors of live political events, bowing to growing criticism that they are too opinionated to be seen as neutral in the heat of the presidential campaign.follows increasingly loud complaints about Olbermann’s anchor role at the Democratic and Republican conventions. Olbermann, who regularly assails President Bush and GOP nominee John McCain on his “Countdown” program, was effusive in praising the acceptance speech of Democratic nominee Obama.