Howard Kurtz Is Keeping Them Honest

Washington Post and CNN media critic Howard Kurtz has been sounding the alarm over pro-Obama bias in the media. On his Reliable Sources program on Sunday, he put this question about coverage of Obama’s transition to one guest:

Isn’t there a bit of a free ride to Obama right now, since he gets to seize the spotlight and talk about his appointees, to talk about his policies, but he can’t really be blamed for any of the problems right now?

So Obama’s press conferences are being covered–by the, umm, pressAND reporters aren’t blaming him for the problems of the current administration? That is bias.

And last week Kurtz added this snappy item to his column, under the heading, “Obama Adulation Watch:”

Associated Press: “Many women recoil at the thought of baring their arms in sleeveless dresses or blouses, but not Michelle Obama–half of the fabulously fit new first couple.”

Someone’s suggesting that the Obamas are physically fit? When will it all end!?!?

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.