Anti-Obama Media Bias? Not Quite

Liberal writers are zeroing in on a new study from Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism that found Barack Obama has been subjected to far more “negative” coverage than any of the Republican presidential candidates. The graphic accompanying the study is dramatic: Slam dunk, right? One of Eric Boehlert’s blog items at Media Matters is headlined “So Much for the Liberal Media.” In another post he acknowledges that there have been criticisms of the Pew methodology in the past, but the real issue here is how right-wing critics will react to the numbers. Steve Benen at Washington Monthly makes a […]


Cable Grows, News Shrinks

Despite the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism’s new “State of the Media” report likening the current U.S. media condition to “someone about to begin physical therapy following a stroke suddenly contracting a debilitating secondary illness,” Eric Alterman and Danielle Ivory spot (Center for American Progress, 3/26/09) “one sunny area in the news business, according to the report”: “Cable ‘shined‘ in 2008. Its audience grew by 38 percent. CNN, Fox News and MSNBC gained viewers and expected to see record profits.” While “unlike their paper-based compadres, they actually had money to burn on things like newsgathering and international bureaus,” Alterman […]