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    Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other national campaign in recent history, Time magazine's Mark Halperin said

    Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other national campaign in recent history, Time magazine's Mark Halperin said Friday at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election.

    "It's the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war," Halperin said at a panel of media analysts. "It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage."

    Halperin, who maintains Time's political site "The Page," cited two New York Times articles as examples of the divergent coverage of the two candidates.

    "The example that I use, at the end of the campaign, was the two profiles that The New York Times ran of the potential first ladies," Halperin said. "The story about Cindy McCain was vicious. It looked for every negative thing they could find about her and it case her in an extraordinarily negative light. It didn't talk about her work, for instance, as a mother for her children, and they cherry-picked every negative thing that's ever been written about her."
    The story about Michelle Obama, by contrast, was "like a front-page endorsement of what a great person Michelle Obama is," according to Halperin.

    The former ABC News political director acknowledged that some of the press coverage was simply reflecting the reality of Obama's presidential campaign.

    "You do have to take into account the fact that this was a remarkable candidacy," Halperin said. "There were a lot of good stories. He was new."

    New York magazine's John Heilemann, one of Halperin's co-panelists, offered another reason for all the positive press coverage Obama received.

    "The biggest bias in the press is towards effectiveness," said Heilemann, who is authoring a book on the 2008 race along with Halperin.

    "We love things that are smart."

    Because Obama's campaign was generally so well run, he argued, the press tended to applaud even his negative tactics.

    "We'll scold you for being negative," Heilemann said, "but if it seems to be working, the tone of your coverage becomes more positive."

    Another of Halperin's fellow participants, Los Angeles Times writer Mark Barabak, disagreed more strongly with the Time writer's comments. Still, Halperin's general point met with little resistance

    "I think it's incumbent upon people in our business to make sure that we're being fair," he said. "The daily output was the most disparate of any campaign I've ever covered, by far."

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    Well duhhhh

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    One definitely exists in this area.

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    Well, if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and craps like a duck..............

    The duck sure crapped a big one into the fan this election. The cabinet picks all look like they are prepared to sock it to freedom of the press, after the 2nd amendment is re-defined and re-worked into a socialist masterpiece. Then "freedom" is re-defined, and "speech" is re-defined.

    I wonder if they know what "Pravda" means?

    The media is a system this rewards bias and glorifies liars. Deceit is Success.
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    I get a kick out of the guy saying "we love things that are smart."

    That's why two of the brighter minds in the Republican party got no coverage, eh?
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    "smart"

    Most people connect the word "smart" with intelligence. The word "smart", in the language of the left, may also mean running with the herd, having a "correct" profile, and taking the proceeds away quietly for yourself.

    The words "wise guys" on their face, is a group of intelligent men. The common use now describe a syndicate, east coast mobsters and career crimnals.

    "Peace" implies harmony to most. To the left, "peace" means the absence of resistance, cemetaries filled with opponents of "progressive" policies. "Democracy" is the Party wins; i.e. German Democratic Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or Mugabe's descriptive of "fair" elections The left has it's own dictionary, we should all understand that at all times. They are masters of propaganda and deceit. Check Bill Clinton's meanings of "if" and "truth".

    They are working on "change" right now, on the backslope of an election won by propaganda and deception. They will apply the word "people" different from the same word in "We the People".....and they hope you don't know where that phrase came from, and they will assure your children will not learn where.

    By the way, Stalin wasn't such a bad guy..................
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