ABC’s Tapper Says Media Favored Obama

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on November 26, 2008

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.