T minus four days and counting. There was a remarkable piece at ABC News on one of two themes I've been following the last few weeks, "Media's Presidential Bias and Decline," by Michael S. Malone, who admits to now being embarrassed to have to admit he's a journalist. Says Malone:
The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling. And over the last few months I've found myself slowly moving from shaking my head at the obvious one-sided reporting, to actually shouting at the screen of my television and my laptop computer.
Then there is Victor Davis Hanson's "The End of Journalism," reinforcing the points made by Malone. Hanson is an accomplished historian as well as a journalist, so he's not as beholden to the profession as most journalists are. He goes through the various failings of the press during this election cycle, from giving Obama a free pass on his (and the left's) 180 degree reversal on the role of money in politics — apparently it's okay when you have the money — to its hounding of Sarah Palin (a governor with an 80% approval rating, you recall) contrasted with notable disinterest in any relevant aspect of Joe Biden's or even Barack Obama's past acts or positions. Here is Hanson's conclusion.
The media has succeeded in shielding Barack Obama from journalistic scrutiny. It thereby irrevocably destroyed its own reputation and forfeited the trust that generations of others had so carefully acquired. And it will never again be trusted to offer candid and nonpartisan coverage of presidential candidates.There are two or three other links I could add. So why, only a week before the most significant election in a generation, is the press suddenly discovering that it screwed up? Which will do us more harm in the long run, the economic meltdown that now afflicts our credit markets, or the journalistic meltdown that has apparently tainted our electoral process?