Thursday, October 14, 2004

ABC News Bias in Political Coverage

The Drudge Report ran this story last week about institutional bias at ABC: At the time I chalked this up as a ‘no duh’ and moved on. So, ABC News likes Kerry and wants to down-play his mistakes and play up the president’s mistakes. I really thought that this was already so obvious as to be a waste of time.

However, today I ran across this piece: This is a great analysis of the background of Mark Halperin, ABC News Political Director. Mark is the guy who sets the editorial tone of political coverage at ABC and the author of the memo referenced in the Drudge Report story. What makes this so interesting is that if the media connections outlined in this story had been connected to a Republican or Conservative in the media or business world, the outcry from the rest of the media would be deafening.

Consider this scenario if the participants had been relations of Karl Rove and the newsroom involved was Fox News…. Do you think this might get some time in the press?

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