Complaint of "media bias"

AP writer Beth Fouhy issued the following report today that makes me smile.

For years those of us with an “R” before our name have endured the liberal media soft balls to Democrats while digging for dirt or hitting our policy ideas with hard balls. Finally, the table are turned. Not exactly. This time it’s between two Democrats each seeking the brass ring as they seek to be their party standard bearer in the General election. Following is part of her report. When you finish reading this except please let Juice readers know if the following complaint by Walter Shorenstein is valid. If so why is the media biased and constantly hammering Republicans while giving Democrats a pass. The Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN and MSNBC to name a few.

DALLAS (AP) – The founder of a prestigious institute on media and politics added his voice Saturday to the chorus of complaint over perceived press bias in favor of Democrat Barack Obama. Walter Shorenstein, a prominent San Francisco-based real estate developer, Democratic fundraiser and longtime supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, penned a memo to Democratic party “superdelegates” and other activists criticizing media coverage of the presidential campaign.

Shorenstein is the founder of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. His memo came days before Tuesday’s key primaries in Ohio and Texas, which Clinton must win to save her waning candidacy.

The former first lady and her advisers have lashed out at the press in recent days, suggesting unfair coverage of the campaign has in part led to Obama’s victories in the last 11 voting contests. They’ve encouraged supporters and voters to watch a “Saturday Night Live” skit that aired last weekend, depicting a group of journalists fawning over Obama.

In his memo, Shorenstein concurred with the Clinton campaign’s assessment.

“I am absolutely outraged with the media coverage of the presidential campaign,” Shorenstein wrote in the memo, which was obtained by The Associated Press. “This is the most important election in my long lifetime, and to quote one of my favorite movies, ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!'”

Gilbert comment. Now we see a high profile Democrat lashing out at the same media that they thanked in prior elections. Be fair to us, but not Republicans, seems to be his request. Should the print and broadcast media be taken to the woodshed or are they free to practice their First amendment Rights?


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