FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Washington Post admits Obama bias
As unrepentant as Bill Ayers
Now that the election is over the Deborah Howell, the Washington Post
Ombudsman, admits that the Post’s election coverage was biased toward
Howell reports readers complained consistently criticized the Post’s
“lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward
Democrat Barack Obama.” She conducted a survey of the Post’s election
coverage since November 11, 2007 on issues, voters, fundraising,
the candidates’ backgrounds, horse-race stories on tactics, strategy
and consultants, and photos and Page 1 stories since
Obama captured the nomination June 4.
The survey, which conveniently ended on Election Day, found that the readers’ criticisms are “right on both counts:”
on Sen. John McCain, 13. There were far more negative pieces (58) about
McCain than there were about Obama (32), and Obama got the editorial
[. . .]
Stories and photos about Obama in the news pages outnumbered those
devoted to McCain. Post reporters, photographers and editors — like
most of the national news media — found the candidacy of Obama, the
first African American major-party nominee, more newsworthy and
Howell also admits, now that it is too late to make a difference, that Obama and Biden should have been scrutinized more:
undergraduate years, his start in Chicago and his relationship with
Antoin “Tony” Rezko, who was convicted this year of influence-peddling
in Chicago. The Post did nothing on Obama’s acknowledged drug use as a
[. . .]
One gaping hole in coverage involved Joe Biden, Obama’s running mate.
When Gov. Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president, reporters were
booking the next flight to Alaska. Some readers thought The Post went
over Palin with a fine-tooth comb and neglected Biden. They are right;
it was a serious omission.
It doesn’t make me feel any better that the Post admits its election coverage was biased toward Obama. Like Bill Ayers, the Post remains unrepentant about the fact the coverage was biased. I’m sure we can look forward to a continued biased coverage of President-elect Obama.