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PINE BLUFFS — During the tediously-long 2008 presidential election campaign, mainstream media bias did not go unnoticed. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of voters believed most reporters wanted to see Barack Hussein Obama win. Only 9 percent said the media favored John McCain. The rest said they didn't know.
If a more concrete example of the steadily growing media bias toward Republicans exists, I've not yet seen it. Just try this on for size. A recent Washington Times article compared headlines culled from major newspapers four years ago – a few days after George W. Bush's inauguration – with headlines from the same major newspapers a few days after Obama's inauguration:
Headlines 4 years ago:
Headlines in January 2009:
The Obama administration has been talking about "transparency." Here's an example of transparent media bias. As long as this situation persists, media such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune-Eagle, and Los Angeles Times will continue to lose the trust of Americans. Three of the above newspapers are presently in Chapter 11 reorganization because steep declines in readership have left them unable to meet their operating expenses. Wyoming's two major newspapers – one liberal Democrat, the other conservative Democrat – exhibit the same bias. However, existing in a predominantly Republican state, they do seem a bit more careful, while systematically attempting to change the political make-up here.
Can the media ever regain America's trust? I doubt that they'll bother to make an effort, because they don't think they need to. Most liberally biased journalists don't see themselves as liberal or biased. As Bernard Goldberg puts it in one of his two books examining this problem, "[T]hey are like fish in the ocean that don't know they're wet. How would fish know they're wet? Fish have no frame of reference. They only know wet."
Anthony J. Sacco, a writer, licensed private investigator, author of two novels; The China Connection, and Little Sister Lost, and a biography, Echoes in the Wind, holds degrees from Loyola College of Maryland and the University of Maryland Law School. His articles have appeared in the Washington Times, Baltimore Sun, Voices for the Unborn, the Catholic Review, WREN Magazine and the Wyoming Catholic Register. E-mail him at AnthonyjSacco@hotmail.com and visit his blog at AnthonyjSaccosr.townhall.com. His work is also available at Triond, an Internet Magazine.