Shaping opinions

But in the last few days, even Democrats…are starting to get uncomfortable as they realize that no one wins in the long run when we don’t have a free and fair press. [emphasis mine]

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those people who think the media has been too hard on, say, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin…This is the big leagues, and if she wants to suit up and take the field, then Gov. Palin better be ready to play.

[But] we are about to elect as president of the United States a man who is essentially a cipher, who has left almost no paper trail, seems to have few friends (that at least will talk) and has entire years missing out of his biography.

That isn’t Sen. Obama’s fault:…the traditional media…has had the resources to cover this story properly, and has systematically refused to do so. [emphasis mine]

Why, for example to quote the lawyer for Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., haven’t we seen an interview with Sen. Obama’s grad school drug dealer — when we know all about Mrs. McCain’s addiction? Are Bill Ayers and Tony Rezko that hard to interview? All those phony voter registrations that hard to scrutinize? And why are Sen. Biden’s endless gaffes almost always covered up, or rationalized, by the traditional media?

The absolute nadir (though I hate to commit to that, as we still have two weeks before the election) came with Joe the Plumber.

Middle America, even when they didn’t agree with Joe, looked on in horror as the press took apart the private life of an average person who had the temerity to ask a tough question of a presidential candidate. [emphasis mine]

via ABC News: Media’s Presidential Bias and Decline

The author blames editors (and explains why) for the current misconduct of journalists. I think it’s more insidious. The main stream media has made up your mind for you. They’ve decided what’s good for America and will do what is necessary to ensure that decision is not compromised by the facts.

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