On the heels of MSNBC political commentator Mark Halperin’s admission on Saturday that the media are susceptible to doing what the Obama campaign wants, ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper told Laura Ingraham on Tuesday that the media helped tip the scales towards Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign.
I’ve said before, I thought the media helped tilt the scale, it wasn’t fair to either Hillary Clinton or John McCain. Sometimes I felt like with story selection and other decisions, magazine covers, photos, texts, you know, campaign narratives, that it wasn’t always the fairest coverage and I hope it doesn’t happen again.
Tapper was responding to Ingraham’s question about Halperin’s remarks. Even though he is a part of the mainstream media, he is often one of the fairest reporters in the field and isn’t afraid of asking tough questions of Republicans and Democrats alike.
Ingraham brought this up with NBC’s Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd on her radio show on Wednesday. Todd said that there is the “perception of media bias and then there is actual media bias,” adding that he has always felt that media bias is “geographic,” pinning the blame on New York City where he said the media industrial complex is located.
Well, at least he admitted that media bias exists though he wouldn’t go as far as saying what Halperin and Tapper did about the favoritism towards Obama. But that’s to be expected as he is a prominent liberal working for a very liberal network, and any admission of that sort would send the liberal media into a tizzy.
Maybe Chuck should read the new Rasmussen poll which shows that 51% of voters think the media will help Obama while just 9% think they will help Romney.
Thanks to Halperin and Tapper, the cat’s out of the bag, and there is no denying just how much the media is in the tank for Obama no matter how people like Todd try to color it.