The suspicion that Barack Obama is getting comparatively favorable media coverage is coming into discussion.
The article references this Saturday Night Live skit:
This is, of course, a topic of great interest to this blog. I often wonder what is behind media bias, real or perceived. MSNBC, for example, has been accused of being Obama’s loudest cheering section (SNL apparently agrees). Is it because they have an ideological affinity for him? Is it because there is some economic incentive for them to cover him more favorably?
Is it even the case that he is receiving better treatment? If so, we can agree that it is something very significant. We would need some means of determining the particular bias in each news source we encounter. Lacking that, we would be nothing but suspicious of our largest news outlets.
What responsibility does the media have? Should they come out and tell us what their angle is…or do we expect that they shouldn’t have one?