Are they out to prove it?

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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