-Read the excerpt below (from Matthew Sheffield's post at on 11/24/08).
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

Following … complaints from Time magazine’s Mark Halperin that the press hugely favored Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election, ABC political correspondent Jake Tapper … agreed. [He said on his blog]:

Regular readers of this blog will not be surprised to learn that I too wonder just how fair the media coverage of this campaign was.

Case in point: perhaps the most unfair and negative TV ad run during the entire campaign, by either side, was the Spanish-language TV ad Obama ran against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, that got very little media coverage.

Why didn’t it get more coverage? If McCain had run a comparable ad — with unfair charges, trying to exploit racial tensions — would it have been as under-covered?

But I believe Halperin’s larger point … is the fact that reporters have an obligation to be better.

… kudos to both Tapper and Halperin for honestly admitting the press needs to back off its Obama fealty. They are in a small minority willing to speak this truth to the media establishment.


Identifying Media Bias

To accurately identify different types of bias, you should be aware of the issues of the day, and the liberal and conservative perspectives on each issue.

Types of Media Bias:


In the excerpt below, Jake Tapper of ABC News responds to comments made by Mark Halperin of Time magazine, including the statement:
“[The media’s coverage of the presidential election] is the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war. It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage.” 
Do you agree with Jake Tapper and Mark Halperin?  Explain your answer.  (Read the complete comments at
Jake Tapper and Mark Halperin.)