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BY Father Owen Kearns, LC

November 16-22, 2008 Issue | Posted 11/11/08 at 12:36 PM

 

There was a lot of evidence that the mainstream media was very much in favor of one candidate in the last election.

• A Project in Excellence in Journalism study found that media coverage of John McCain was “heavily unfavorable” — more than three times as negative as the portrayal of Barack Obama.

The Washington Post’s ombudsman admitted that the paper’s op-ed page ran 32 laudatory pieces about Obama vs. 13 on McCain and that stories and photos about Obama in the news pages outnumbered those devoted to McCain.

• Late-night comedians, apparently, were no different, telling jokes at McCain’s expense more than twice as often as they told jokes at Obama’s expense.

• But the biggest bias is the bias that decides pro-life and pro-marriage arguments should get practically no coverage at all.

With the media and all three branches of government now on the same side, organizations that are on the side of truth instead of political power are more needed than ever. Pray that the Register and other alternative media will get the support we need to carry on America’s tradition of a free and independent press.