Mark Halperin, Right Wing Hack-Journalist, Criticizes Media For Pro-Obama Bias

Mark Halperin, who has made a career out of quoting right wing talking points and unsubstantiated stories from Drudge as fact, now further reduces his credibility by attacking the news media for “extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage.”

The examples provided in this report are quite weak, comparing two stories on Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain. This shows the journalistic sloppiness Halperin is known for. There is no doubt you can find stories which show both bias for and against either spouse (as well as each candidate). To compare only two stories proves absolutely nothing, especially as there are far more negative facts in Cindy McCain’s past than in Michelle Obama’s.

Jake Tapper weighs in supporting his former colleague by citing the limited media coverage of a Spanish language ad from Obama which was misleading. Both sides ran misleading ads, but McCain ran far more dishonest ads and his ads went far further than any of the ads I wish Obama had not run in distorting the truth. Most likely Obama’s Spanish language ad received minimal coverage because it was in Spanish, and as it wasn’t as significant to the campaigns as, for example, McCain’s totally dishonest ads on Obama’s tax policies. McCain’s dishonesty on this was so over the top that even Fox couldn’t allow McCain to get away with it.

Even if coverage was one sided, Halperin hardly has the credibility to complain. In reality, Obama received lots of attention from the media for obvious reasons, but the coverage included both positive and negative reports. Media stories were dominated by the horse race, and often coverage of Obama was favorable based upon his leads in the polls.

If McCain did not receive the coverage which Halperin would have liked him to receive, the problem is largely due to the nature of the campaign McCain decided to run. McCain concentrated on dishonest attacks on Obama, regularly distorting the facts and Obama’s positions, and failed to make coherent arguments for voting for him. Of course Halperin, who has never been able to separate right wing talking points from reality, was probably oblivious to this McCain also did not help his case by limiting answers from the press and frequently attacking the media.

If anything the media was even more favorable to McCain than he deserved. While fact checkers often debunked McCain’s frequent lies in separate stories, this made it into regular coverage far less than it should have. McCain’s frequent gaffes and statements which demonstrated poor command of the issues were also overlooked by many reporters. The media often went overboard to in avoiding criticism of McCain, such as in his poor showing in the debates.  As Editor and Publisher points out:

This year, one of the best high-profile measures of how the media often bent over backwards to be kind to McCain surrounded the four presidential and veep debates.  In every case, most of the TV network anchors and analysts declared when the debates ended that the Republican had tied or won narrowly.  Then the post-debate polls of voters came in, showing that in every case, Obama or Biden won easily.

Individual criticism can be made towards many of the news reports, but to claim that overall the media was showing bias towards Obama, especially to a degree greater than seen in previous elections, is absurd.

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    chris says:

    What a crybaby. I love it!
    Hey Halperin, even if “the media” are biased, it’s because they are educated enough to know & want what’s best for our country. Of course by the time Bush is finished changing & adding laws, we all may be working mandatory 60 hour work week’s with no overtime to make his buddies more money. Let’s also make sure & lift those pesky environmental “restrictions” so  Bush/Cheney can be more profitable in the oil & gas business post-presidency.

    Why don’t you get your gun & your cammo. & hole up in the hills for the next 8 years!

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    Diane DP says:

    I laugh every time I read an article about Mr. Halperin and his “observations” about this election and the liberal media.

    He has such gall to complain after the 8 years of hell GW has put the US and the rest of the world through.
    Does he forget the 2000 and the 2004 election? If ever 2 elections were biased/manipulated those were the ones.
    The media refused to do it’s job and we are stuck with incompetence to the nth degree.

    The 2008 election coverage was covered fairly.
    Obama was a thoughtful, considerate, smart candidate.
    He did not resort to backstabbing his opponent, nor stirring up racial hatred. He also did not choose an VP candidate that was inarticulate, unprepared and a poor choice.
    John McCain’s campaign was disorganized, and he himself looked old and worn out. He contradicted himself numerous times. He never looked unprepared, and chose to gamble with the choice of Sarah Palin, had it worked out, would have been brilliant. It didn’t and she scared more people then she delivered.
    John mccain dug his own hole with No help from the media. They were just along for the ride.

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    Cat West says:

    @RyanNewYork This one kind of sums it up. I'm looking for the list of his works that better illustrates it.

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