With one week left before
Election Day, millions of people across the country are preparing to cast their
vote. These voters will have the
opportunity to exercise their most basic and profound right as Americans. But they need good information to make good
decisions, and they rely on the media to help provide this information with
fairness and objectivity.
Unfortunately, the media have
failed us. Americans have witnessed the
most one-sided news coverage of a presidential campaign in recent history.
The national media, in
general, want Sen. Barack Obama to become president and Americans know it: By an eight-to-one margin, voters believe the
media want Sen. Obama to win the election, according to a Pew Research
Center survey released
Americans are right, for
reasons artfully outlined by columnist Michael S. Malone in a recent article titled “Media’s Presidential Bias and Decline.”
“… What I object to (and I think most other
Americans do as well) is the lack of equivalent hardball coverage of the other
side―or worse, actively serving as attack dogs for the presidential ticket of
Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Joe Biden, D-Del.
[Sen. Obama] is essentially a cipher, who has left
almost no paper trail, seems to have few friends (that at least will talk) and
has entire years missing out of his biography …
Why, for example to quote the lawyer for Republican
presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., haven’t we seen an interview
with Sen. Obama’s grad school drug dealer―when we know all about Mrs. McCain’s
addiction? Are Bill Ayers and Tony Rezko that hard to interview? All those
phony voter registrations that hard to scrutinize? And why are Sen. Biden’s
endless gaffes almost always covered up, or rationalized, by the traditional
last week, in fact, Sen. Biden guaranteed that if Obama
were elected president, within six months there would be “an international crisis―a generated crisis―to
test the mettle of this guy.” National
news coverage of Biden’s incriminating prediction was predictably absent. If Gov. Sarah Palin had made a similar gaffe,
the media would have covered it extensively and trumpeted it as an indication
of her lack of experience.
it comes to media bias, Malone points the finger at editors, but there is
plenty of blame to go around. For evidence
of how widespread and insidious the problem is, just follow the money.
An analysis by Investor’s Business Daily showed that journalists contributed 15 times more
money to Democrats than Republicans during this election cycle. While 235 journalists donated to Democrats,
just 20 gave to Republicans – a margin of more than 10-to-1. And journalists who gave to Sen. Obama
outnumber those who contributed to Sen. McCain by a 20-to-1 margin.
Perhaps that helps explain
why, since the nominating conventions, media coverage of Sen. McCain has been
three times more negative than coverage of Sen. Obama, according to the nonpartisan Project for
Excellence in Journalism.
Call to Action
I firmly believe that the
answer to the problem of media bias lies with the American people. The media are central to the democratic process
and I want to help the American people become educated consumers of media and
make their voices heard by holding news outlets accountable to the highest
Over the last five weeks, I have pointed out the most egregious examples of
media bias for the week and encouraged Americans to contact the offending news
outlets to voice their displeasure. By
focusing our attention on one media outlet per week, we have made a far greater
Now, with just one week left
before Election Day, I encourage Americans to send a clear and resounding
message to the media―by voting. We should talk to our friends, family
members, neighbors, etc. and ask them to do the same.
A recent study by the University of Illinois found that media bias “can lead
to the election of the wrong candidate.”
It is clear who the national media want to become the next President of
the United States.
Fortunately, it is now up to
the American people to decide.