I said it here, congratulations to the media for electing their first president.
Washington Post ombudsman, Deborah Howell, has admitted the Post actively sought to get Barack Obama elected.
Her article, “An Obama Tilt in Campaign Coverage”, acknowledged readers “have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama.”
She followed with these bits of “news”:
“My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on both counts.”
“The op-ed page ran far more laudatory opinion pieces on Obama, 32, than on Sen. John McCain, 13. There were far more negative pieces (58) about McCain than there were about Obama (32), and Obama got the editorial board’s endorsement. The Post has several conservative columnists, but not all were gung-ho about McCain.
“Stories and photos about Obama in the news pages outnumbered those devoted to McCain. Post reporters, photographers and editors — like most of the national news media — found the candidacy of Obama, the first African-American major-party nominee, more newsworthy and historic. Journalists love the new; McCain, 25 years older than Obama, was already well known and had more scars from his longer career in politics.”
About Governor Sarah Palin, she wrote:
“One gaping hole in coverage involved Joe Biden, Obama’s running mate. When Gov. Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president, reporters were booking the next flight to Alaska. Some readers thought the Post went over Palin with a fine-tooth comb and neglected Biden. They are right; it was a serious omission.”
Now what does she say about the lack of investigative reporting on Obama:
“Obama deserved tougher scrutiny than he got, especially of his undergraduate years, his start in Chicago and his relationship with Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko, who was convicted this year of influence-peddling in Chicago. The Post did nothing on Obama’s acknowledged drug use as a teenager.”
It’s too late. The very worst thing here is the media finally put all the pieces together and got their candidate elected. It’s a bad precedent. There’s now no telling where the media will go with this new-found power next.