Did Media Bias Help Elect Obama? Data Suggests Yes
Studies reveal at least five areas where the mainstream media (CBS, ABC, NBC) and some of their cable channels (MSNBC, CNN, Headline News) covered the election in a way that could only help Obama.
A report by Fox News lists the five areas where the media either overdid it, or under-reported events in a manner beneficial to President Obama:
- The "Gaffe Patrol" jumping on, and even manufacturing, alleged speaking mistakes by Romney during the campaign while often ignoring or delaying coverage of Obama gaffes. ABC, CBS, and NBC did not report on Obama's infamous "You didn't build that" statement until four days after it was said -- and only picked it up after Romney included it in a major speech.
- Partisan Fact-Checking. The media hounded Romney about "facts" that were later found to be dredged up from inaccurate sources but often repeated on national telecasts, including 'The Today Show.'
- The "less than impartial" debate moderators. After Jim Lehrer was blasted by media critics for taking too much of what they called a "hands-off" approach in the first debate, other moderators, including CNN's Candy Crowley, clearly jumped on the Obama wagon, especially Crowley interrupting Romney numerous times during the event she moderated.
- The Benghazi Blackout. Despite information flooding the Internet (and Fox News) that within 24 hours the CIA knew the attack that killed a U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans was a planned terrorist event, the Big 3 did not even touch that until after two or three days. The news that the Delta Force-type rescue teams were told to stand down and not save the U.S. personnel in Benghazi was either buried or not even mentioned.
- Burying the bad economy. During the re-election efforts of the two Bush presidents, the media ran hundreds of stories hammering the bad economy even though unemployment rates and economic conditions were better in 1992 and 2004 than they are now. But this year, despite the failure of the bailout and unemployment higher than Obama's first day plus record deficits, the media did not offer the same relentless attacks on Obama that GOP incumbents faced.
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