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Bias! The Home Game

By Jesse Taylor
Sunday, November 23, 2008 5:04 EDT
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imageCrack media watchers NewsBusters are super pissy because the Chicago Tribune is covering Barack Obama a bunch.

To be clearer: the hometown newspaper of the President-Elect of the United States of America is spending a ton of time covering said President-Elect, particularly on days where he comes back to said hometown. And this is problematic. Mainly because Sarah Palin is amazing, partially because there are still unanswered questions about whether or not Tony Rezko bought Barack Obama’s first afro pick.

This is why Mark “Please Love Me, Hugh Hewitt” Halperin’s idiotic complaints about pro-Obama media bias not only don’t elicit sympathy, but truly make you wonder what this man has ever done to deserve a paycheck. Halperin’s complaint isn’t that the media was biased towards Obama; it’s that Obama refused to be a worse person and run a worse campaign than John McCain. To put it bluntly, Barack Obama fucked campaigning’s shit up for the better part of a year – he did virtually everything right, he did it in a way that largely refused to bow to the normal narrative of aggressive Republican against defensive Democrat, and he gained a ton of public support while doing so. There was no realistic way to cover this campaign without him coming off far better than John McCain for the same reason that the Boston Celtics get uniformly better press coverage than the Washington Wizards – they’re doing a far better job of the thing that they’re supposed to be doing.

I do suppose that “Celtics Miss Dozens of Shots; Wizards Average Fewer Turnovers Per Game” is another way of writing about this young NBA season. It’s just a terribly stupid and useless one.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
 
 
 
 
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