Media Bias Against McCain

Talk of a media bias against McCain has been all the rage in recent days (here is just one of many links on the topic, from politico.com), and much of the basis of this alleged bias stems from reports that the media has filed unfavorable reports about McCain much more frequently than Obama.

I have no doubt that these statisitics are true. The media, however, has no responsibility to balance coverage of candidates based on whether they each receive the same number of negative and positve reports. It has the responsibility to accurately report what is going on, and based on that, it’s clear why McCain is receiving more negative reports–he and his campaign are almost exclusively focusing on the negative.

When McCain and Palin spend an entire day of campaigning saying that Obama is a socialist or that he hangs around with terrorists or that he lacks experience or that he, in combination with Pelosi, are “dangerous,” what are reporters supposed to report? Are they supposed to report that McCain has a great plan to save the economy? Are they supposed to report that Sarah Palin has a spectacular new plan to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon? Of course not; the reporters are going to report on how McCain is attacking Obama, which is then viewed as a negative report.

If McCain wants some positive press, then he should try focusing on something positive.

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