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PRESS BIAS IN OUR ELECTION – AT 9:18 A.M. ET:  We've long said here that press bias is one of the most significant factors in election results, and that Republicans must learn to deal with it.  I must also say that press bias is a major threat to democracy itself, as it distorts the fundamental purpose of a free press, which is to serve as a neutral watchdog over government.

The press bias in the recent election is being studied and documented.  The results are clear.  From IBD:

It's hard to see how press coverage of President Obama's re-election bid could have gotten any more biased, but a new report shows the media managed to outdo themselves the week before voters went to the polls.

The Pew Research Center's latest analysis puts hard numbers against the claim that the press went out of its way to get Obama re-elected.

According to the report, after months of positive press, "Obama's coverage improved dramatically" in the crucial final week of the campaign.

In fact, 29% of the stories about Obama that week were positive and just 19% were negative. At the same time, a third of the stories about Mitt Romney were negative, and just 16% were positive.

When it comes to bias, MSNBC is in a league of its own, Pew found. It ran zero negative stories about Obama and zero positive stories about Romney in that last week.

Not only did Obama's overall coverage improve dramatically, he got far more of it. Pew found that in the last week, 80% of campaign stories featured Obama, compared with 62% for Romney.

"Romney may have suffered in (the) final days from the press focusing less on him relative to his opponent," the researchers concluded.

Ya think?

COMMENT:  What is remarkable is that the mainstream media doesn't care.  It doesn't care because it's been brainwashed by the sixties leftovers who taught this generation of journalists in our "institutions of higher education."  They've been taught that the real purpose of journalism is not to report the news, but to be "change agents." 

We saw the start of this during the Vietnam War when some journalists ran around Vietnam waving their Ivy League degrees.  We now know that much of their reporting was wildly inaccurate.

But if anyone dares to question what they do, they're labeled "McCarthyites" or "fascists."  That's the way the game is played, and Republicans have not yet learned how to solve the problem.  They'd better learn before 2016.

November 21, 2012