Conservative Fox News contributor Dick Morris is asserting that the news media “ruined” President George W. Bush’s presidency because coverage of the Iraq war was “too harsh.”
During a Wednesday morning segment with Morris, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy pointed out that Arthur Brisbane, ombudsman for The New York Times, recently complained that the paper had been more critical of President George W. Bush while he was in office than it had been of President Barack Obama.
“It’s terrific that he said that,” Morris explained. “There are two factors that make the media liberal. One is that the reporters are liberal. But the other fact is that the media tends to react to what it last did badly. So for example, it was relatively mild toward Bush during the early years of his administration after 9/11, and then it over compensated by being too harsh during the Iraq war.”
“And then when Obama got elected they said, ‘Oh, wow. We just ruined a presidency with Bush. Maybe we’ll be nicer to Obama,’” he added. “And I think you will begin to see a bit of pendulum swing against Obama even though the media itself is liberal.”
A 2003 study by Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) found that 71 percent of guest on U.S. television news programs were pro-war, while only 3 percent were against the Iraq war — a ratio of almost 25 to 1.
A recent analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found that coverage of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was twice as favorable as the coverage of Obama during the primary season.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast April 25, 2012.
(h/t: Media Matters)