Friday, July 4, 2008

Most Americans Find Unequal Treatment of Obama, Clinton by the Media

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A new article from Rasmussen Reports reveals that most Americans are well aware of the favorable media coverage of Barack Obama, as compared to Hillary Clinton.

Only 17% of voters believe that most journalists at least try to remain objective in their reporting. An overwhelming majority of 68% believes that most reporters try to help the candidate they personally want to win. Hmmmmm, I'd say that's about right.

And here is the biggest SHOCKER of the entire article: Liberals/Democrats are the least likely to view the media as biased and unobjective......well holy-freaking cow, why in the hell do you reckon that is?!? Could it be that the media is now, perhaps more than ever, tilted left of center? Nah, couldn't be that. But to be fair, still 50% of those that identify as politically 'liberal' view the media as biased, while 65% of moderates believe that journalists are advocates rather than reporters, and a whopping 83% of political conservatives view the media as biased.

And in perhaps the most un-shocking paragraph of the article:

"Voters have little doubt as to who is benefitting from the media coverage this year: Barack Obama. Fifty-four percent (54%) say Obama has gotten the best coverage so far. Twenty-two percent (22%) say McCain has received the most favorable coverage while 14% say that Hillary got the best treatment."

Wow, just 14% of Americans believe Hillary received the most favorable media treatment, as compared to Obama's 54%. Is there really any doubt anymore that the media is in the pocket of the Obama campaign? :

"At the other extreme, 43% say Clinton received the worst treatment from the media. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say the media was roughest on McCain and only 15% thought the media coverage was most unfair to Obama. Looking ahead to the fall campaign, 44% believe most reporters will try to help Obama while only 13% believe that most will try to help McCain. Twenty-four percen (24%) are optimistic enough to believe that most reporters will try to offer unbiased coverage. "

And finally, in a particularly interesting fact buried away in the article, 47% of Obama's OWN SUPPORTERS believe he will be the "media favorite" in Election '08, while only 6% of Obama's supporters believe McCain will be the "media favorite."

Amazing . . . Obama's own supporters now seem to be acknowledging that the media isn't doing their job. Uhhhh, thanks for noticing, I guess?

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