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Liberal media bias historically has been so endemic, says former-reporter-turned-critic Bernard Goldberg, that the perpetrators didn't seem to know they were doing it.

They've got to know it now. It's that open and obvious.

Media bias in favor of Barack Obama has actually been quantified scientifically, by such respected entities as the Pew Research Center for the Public and the Press and others:

By 8-to1, voters thought the media wanted Obama to win in 2008; by 10-1 they believed the media were out to hurt Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin; by a 5-to-1 margin they concluded that the media were actively trying to get Obama elected.

"Obama and the fawning press need to get a room," writes Phil Bronstein of San Francisco Chronicle fame.

"The Obama infatuation is a great unreported story of our time," writes syndicated columnist Robert Samuelson.

"President Barack Obama has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush during their first months in the White House," writes the independent Pew Center, which notes that Obama received twice as much favorable coverage (42 percent) as unfavorable (20 percent) in his first months in office. Bush and Clinton's favorable stories during the same time frame were only in the 20th percentile.

"Roughly twice as much of the coverage of Obama (44 percent) has concerned his personal and leadership qualities than was the case for Bush (22 percent) or Clinton (26 percent)," the Pew report said. "Less of the coverage, meanwhile, has focused on his policy agenda."

But has that chastened the national media? Shamed them into bending over backward to appear fair?

Hardly. Consider just a few recent examples:

- CNN's Jack Cafferty asks viewers, "Would you rather listen to a speech by Sarah Palin or a speech by Newt Gingrich? Or would you rather just stick needles in your eyes?"

- CBS show host David Letterman joked about Palin visiting New York and shopping for makeup at Bloomingdale's "to update her 'slutty flight attendant' look."

- VH1 comedian Chuck Nice, given the broad forum of NBC's Today Show , said Palin is "very much like herpes; she's not going away."

- CBS anchor Katie Couric recently told Princeton University seniors to avoid "nastiness" -- then proceeded to mock both Sarah Palin and conservative Miss California Carrie Prejean. Couric hastened to heap praise on Democrats Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama and Obama Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

- Newsweek's Evan Thomas said Obama is a "brave ... great teacher" who "stands above everybody."

And in one of the most outrageous statements ever made by a so-called journalist, Thomas said, "I mean, in a way Obama's standing above the country, above -- above the world; he's sort of God."

There are no words to describe how ludicrous and detrimental to the journalistic profession such a statement is.

You would think that after independent media watchdogs have quantified pro-Obama, pro-liberal bias that the media would try to shore up their hopelessly tainted image.

Instead, they seem intent on proving it true.

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ONLY THE TRUTH
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ONLY THE TRUTH 06/11/09 - 02:18 am
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Now, take your ball and whine

Now, take your ball and whine all the way back home. Get over it!! JEEZ

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/11/09 - 04:23 am
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Beautiful timing with this

Beautiful timing with this editorial. Yesterday on MSNBC, Contessa Brewer cut the mike on conservative filmmaker and radio host John Ziegler as she quizzed him on why Sarah Palin was upset at David Letterman's joke about her and her daughter. He remarked that NBC is one-sided, which any reasonable person has to admit. Afterall, the head of NBC instructed his people to be more proactively liberal. Referring to Letterman, Contessa Brewer reminded Ziegler that she had been called names. (Imus had callled her a skank.) That upset her greatly at the time and NBC responded in a serious manner, yet now she says that didn't bother her. Are we supposed to take Letterman's joke about a 14 year old girl having sex with A-Rod as if it were good, clean fun? These people are lampshade on the head drunk with Palin hate.

justus4
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justus4 06/11/09 - 04:57 am
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There are no minority voices
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There are no minority voices on the TV or major cable stations. Why is that? Well, because the All-White-Media (AWM) can then go on and on about a liberal slant or "in love" with the president. Actually its not important because changing the channel is easy, so this is all a trick to avoid the absence of minorities in the AWM. Board rooms, few editorials rooms, and no major TV anchors are people of color and thats by design to avoid superior intellect and common-sense approaches to everyday life. But here is the rub: If ol' Bernie thinks the AWM has a liberal slant, and that slant influences the reporting of stories, then he must also think Americans are kinda stupid and believe whatever is said in the AWM. So are Americans that stupid? No! Well, maybe some...but until they get some real diversity in these operations, about 55 million citizens are not moved by charges of liberal bias because its only a media-created distraction.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/11/09 - 05:33 am
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Most of the examples you give

Most of the examples you give concern Palin, who is a controversial figure and easy fodder for comedians. Newsflash: David Letterman isn't part of the news media! Neither is the VH1 comedian (do you get your news from VH1?) And Jack Cafferty is a commentator with a clear and admitted personal bias, not a newsman. He's a "color" guy, for Pete's sake! As for Riverman's comment, Ziegler is a crackpot and should never be given a forum for his wacko views.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 06/11/09 - 06:02 am
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WHy doesn't the ACES mention

WHy doesn't the ACES mention Rush, Hannity or Fox News? Does it dare say that these sources are any less biased? I miss the days when the news media reported NEWS and didn't diverge into opinion, except is editorial spots. I have found it more and more difficult to find any news that is reported in a pure format. Palin is an idiot anyway, no more to be taken seriously than Al Gore or Jesse Jackson. Justus, you're still a racist idiot. You obviously never watch the news, or you'd know that there are many minorities in the media. You're no different than Williston, you make up your data.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 06/11/09 - 06:06 am
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Also, why does anyone care

Also, why does anyone care what a candidate for Miss USA thinks? Does the contest represent anything but a bunch of bimbos, trying to set the stage for an acting or modeling career? ACES, you don't even include yourself in the list of ULTRA biased media. That couldn't be because you're BIASED, could it?

HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/11/09 - 06:14 am
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Also, your subhead ("Media

Also, your subhead ("Media now make no bones of bias, calling Obama 'sort of God'") is woefully misleading. One guy made an offhand remark and now it's the entire media who is calling Obama a "sort of God"? You are perfectly comfortable twisting and stretching facts to make your preconceived points. The problem is, you haven't acknowledged the issue: The continued blurring of news and opinion in multimedia. And GAC is right: What about FOX "news"?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/11/09 - 06:19 am
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The majority of the media is
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The majority of the media is in bed with the Obama Administration. That's hardly news AC. A blind man could see it. Time to move on to what they let this administration get away with.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/11/09 - 06:20 am
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HotFoot, you could name ever

HotFoot, you could name ever talking head in the liberal left press, and quantify them with some justifiable title. They all qualify for every thing BUT journalist. The point remains the same, there's a coordinated effort to mock and insult all honorable people and compliment and build up all Dems. That's why it's called the biased, liberal left press.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/11/09 - 06:23 am
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Copperhead, Rush, Hanity and

Copperhead, Rush, Hanity and the commentators on FNC admit and identify themselves as conservative leaning or out right conservatives. You'll never hear the hate filled left identify themselves as anything but "moderate". Palin is an idiot ONLY because CNN told you to call her an idiot. What they didn't tell you is that the 14 charges trumped up by the Alaska Dems were all proven to be lies and dismissed. (unlike the charges against Obama appointees that were just covered over and ignored by the " biased, liberal left " press.)

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/11/09 - 06:28 am
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HotFoot, the "offhand

HotFoot, the "offhand remarks" on the liberal left press are to be found daily. They have marching orders.

champagne
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champagne 06/11/09 - 06:40 am
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Left, right or in the middle,

Left, right or in the middle, I do not think that anyone should bring in insult or horrible comments about any of the politician's children. Politicians are fair game but the children didn't ask to be thrown into the media limelight.

Letterman was way off base. Talk about Sarah if you like but leave the children out of it. I can assure you that if anyone (whether labeled left or right) said these horrible things about Obama's children, there would be a media backlash.

Leave the children out of it.

fd1962
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fd1962 06/11/09 - 06:48 am
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Help, I've fallen and can't
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Help, I've fallen and can't get up... Again. Signed, Augusta Chronicle.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 06/11/09 - 07:01 am
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NBC, ABC, CBS, and Oprah are

NBC, ABC, CBS, and Oprah are responsible for the election of this incompetent, arrogant, teleprompter-reading humiliation. The voters with enough gray matter to see the damage done by this clueless mulatto muslim messiah will be at the polls next year to start the recovery process by voting out the "enablers" of the Obama embarassment.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/11/09 - 07:33 am
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Funny that we don't here

Funny that we don't here about urban decay and homelessness anymore. What happened to the bleeding heart liberals that seemed care? Why is it the Media now pretends we are no longer in a economic down turn? Why is it America does not have a drug problem anymore? The terrorist threat is gone now? Now that Obama is President we no longer have anymore problems, except crazy white folks with guns!

Lobosolo
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Lobosolo 06/11/09 - 07:37 am
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Sarah Palin writes her own

Sarah Palin writes her own script and most people just aren't biting, AC. I reject the woman because of her views, not because someone told me to. Her shallow, self-created schtick is what gives folks reason to ridicule. It's not the coverage, AC, it's the party. People heard both of the candidates through the debates and endless campaign ads. You still arrogantly think that yourselves and the rest of the media can sway opinion just on what YOU say. All of the news media leaves a lot to be desired, some more than others. There are pockets of people, such as the daily rants and raves denizens of the AC, that do let the media flavor their opinions, but most thinking people pay attention to what the politicians ACTUALLY say and do, and derive their opinions from that.

dhd1108
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dhd1108 06/11/09 - 07:39 am
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milton, new times call for

milton, new times call for new definitions! Its the NewSpeak! 1984 is coming, and it ain't all 'bout Macs v. PCs

disssman
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disssman 06/11/09 - 07:53 am
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I noticed the staff didn't

I noticed the staff didn't want to discuss the recent AC cartoon showing the President as a buffon. I wonder why?

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 06/11/09 - 07:57 am
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In the debates biden (the

In the debates biden (the gaff macine) showed himself to be the bafoon that he proves himself to be every time he opens his mouth. Who did the liberal media try to destroy - not biden.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 06/11/09 - 08:01 am
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When those in power prove

When those in power prove themselves to be the bafoons they really are, why should 'the staff need/want to discuss the recent AC cartoon'?

HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/11/09 - 08:04 am
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champagne, catch up: No one

champagne, catch up: No one is dragging Palin's children into anything anymore. However, I think Bristol is totally fair game if people want to talk because she's on talk shows every other day and is an adult (at least, a titular adult) with a child who has turned herself into a spokesperson for abstinence. 55 F-100, everytime you open your mouth, you reveal yourself for what you are: an unmitigated racist. PT, there's a "coordinated effort" to mock honorable people? What, there's some kind of conspiracy? Ever occur to you that it's your beloved capitalism at work--the media gives people what sells.

TechLover
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TechLover 06/11/09 - 08:05 am
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Didn't Rush call Chelsea,

Didn't Rush call Chelsea, "the Whitehouse dog"? I agree we need to leave the kids out of it.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/11/09 - 08:05 am
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convertedsoutherner,

convertedsoutherner, please--people make typos all the time in their haste to post, but there's no reason to misspell a word over and over--look it up! It's "buffoon". It's also "gaffe".

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/11/09 - 08:09 am
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Newspeak 1984 had to look

Newspeak 1984 had to look that one up, that is a little scary!

TechLover
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TechLover 06/11/09 - 08:11 am
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Hotfoot:In his case, I don't

Hotfoot:In his case, I don't think they're typos.

concernednative
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concernednative 06/11/09 - 08:16 am
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Here it the problem with

Here it the problem with aces, patthomas, 55-F100 they talk about the media bias as if it one sided. Then to prove my point they quote Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and Fox News talking points. Unfortunately the media is biased on both sides but this article doesn't even quote anything from one single news broadcast. So I don't get your point Couric was not on the news when here comments where made. The right just chooses to pick talking points and run with them media bias is one they are focus on now.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 06/11/09 - 08:18 am
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Out of the posts, it's nice

Out of the posts, it's nice to see you got the true meaning of what was posted. True dims, go after the messenger and ignore the message. They've been spelled correctly before and the message was completely ignored. At least, glad to see you paid attention.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/11/09 - 08:19 am
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concernednative on Thu Jun

concernednative on Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:16 AM Are you for real?

55 F-100
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55 F-100 06/11/09 - 08:25 am
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No, HotFoot, I'm a dedicated

No, HotFoot, I'm a dedicated truth-teller, and Obama is an abject failure in his "economic recovery" plan, and a hideous embarassment to the U.S.A. with his apologies to nations and a religion whose sole purpose it is to eliminate us.

KSL
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KSL 06/11/09 - 08:33 am
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Hotfoot, don't be biased. If

Hotfoot, don't be biased. If you are going to correct convertedsoutherner, you need to also correct dissman.

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