Now that the election is over the Deborah Howell, the Washington Post Ombudsman, admits that the Post's election coverage was biased toward Obama.I'll say it again, there was nothing John McCain could've done differently to win the election. With a month left in the presidential campaign for McCain was leading Barack Obama in most national polls. And then the economy began to tank and media bias already favoring Barack Obama grew immensely. While credit should be given to WaPo for admitting that they were in the tank for Obama, what WaPo and every other major news outlet did, except FOX, was despicable in light of uninformed voters who depend on the media to act like professionals and report the events in an unbiased fashion.
Howell reports readers complained consistently criticized the Post's "lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama." She conducted a survey of the Post's election coverage since November 11, 2007 on issues, voters, fundraising, the candidates' backgrounds, horse-race stories on tactics, strategy and consultants, and photos and Page 1 stories since Obama captured the nomination June 4.
The survey, which conveniently ended on Election Day, found that the readers' criticisms are "right on both counts:"The op-ed page ran far more laudatory opinion pieces on Obama, 32, than on Sen. John McCain, 13. There were far more negative pieces (58) about McCain than there were about Obama (32), and Obama got the editorial board's endorsement.