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August 22, 2012

News Busted: 'Frenzied Media Give Four Times More Coverage to Akin Flap Than Biden's 'Chains' Smear

Topics: Political News and commentaries

This surely comes as a surprise to no one.

NewsBusters reports:

A week after giving relatively light coverage to Joe Biden's "chains" smear, the broadcast networks eagerly dove into the Todd Akin controversy, giving over four times more coverage to an uproar involving a statewide (conservative) politician than a controversy involving a national (liberal) politician. NBC, CBS and ABC's evening and morning shows have devoted an astonishing 88 minutes (or 40 segments) of coverage to Congressman Akin's "legitimate rape" remark. Over a similar three day period, the networks allowed a scant 19 minutes (or ten segments) to a racially charged gaffe by the Vice President of the United States.

CBS This Morning reporter Norah O'Donnell on Tuesday pronounced "If Akin is still running for the United States Senate, everybody is going to be asking about Akin, abortion rights, women's rights, etc., during the Republican convention." CBS journalists certainly did their best to make sure "everybody" would be talking about the Republican. The network hyped the story the most, pushing the controversy for 13 segments and 37 minutes.

More details here.

White House reporter Jake Tapper has bashed the media for its pro-Obama bias and has said the media is failing the country.

"A lot of people are hurting out there. Unemployment is 8.3 percent. That doesn't even take into account the underemployed," he said, arguing that too much time has been spent not talking about the economy.

... "We are spending a lot of time in the last few weeks, those of us in the political world, political journalists and also politicians, talking about things other than the economy," said Tapper. "[A] lot of people are hurting out there. I'd like to see more action taken and more emphasis given to this issue."

"I have said before. ... [that I] thought the media helped tip the scales. I didn't think the coverage in 2008 was especially fair to either Hilary Clinton or John McCain" Tapper said.

On the 2008 coverage, he noted, "Sometimes I saw with story selection, magazine covers, photos picked, [the] campaign narrative, that it wasn't always the fairest coverage."

On the Today Show, Mark Halperin said the media basically does what the Obama campaign wants them to do:


MSM liberal, pro-Obama, bias? It's blatant, non-stop, and so obvious that even some of their own are no longer willing to cover it up.

Posted by Hyscience at August 22, 2012 2:15 PM



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