I just came across an interesting, albeit unsurprising, article on press bias during our crazy election cycle. It’s by Mark Halperin, of Time Magazine, and the basic premise is alluded to in the title: ‘extreme pro-Obama’ press bias. Read it and say “No kidding, Sherlock!” The unfortunate thing is that this type of bias will never stop; in fact, if you look at Huffington Post’s coverage of the potential nomination of Senator Clinton for Secretary of State, you see a similar bias, with a not-so-subtle attempt to derail this possibility from becoming reality. Interesting while being simultaneously disgusting.
Seven years ago, the media was pushing war. This year, they were pushing a Presidential candidate. When it’s an issue you agree with, or can’t do anything about anyway, it might not matter so much; but, when it’s about an issue or person (in the case of elections, it happens to be about both issues and people) you are still trying to get a grasp on, that haze of propaganda can be downright lethal. I guess that is why Thomas Jefferson said:
“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”