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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Washinton Post Admits Bias for Obama - "Sorry About That." We did what we had to do.

Ombudsman Deborah Howell after giving us lots of statistics showing their bias:

The Post provided a lot of good campaign coverage, but readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama. My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on both counts.

Obama deserved tougher scrutiny than he got, especially of his undergraduate years, his start in Chicago and his relationship with Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was convicted this year of influence-peddling in Chicago. The Post did nothing on Obama's acknowledged drug use as a teenager.


One gaping hole in coverage involved Joe Biden, Obama's running mate. When Gov. Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president, reporters were booking the next flight to Alaska. Some readers thought The Post went over Palin with a fine-tooth comb and neglected Biden. They are right; it was a serious omission.

Don't worry about it Debby. It's like the mafia hit men say when they whack you "It's nothing personal, just business."

Reading this kind of crap makes me angry. Read the column.

Go ahead, take your time.

Back? Good.

This is not a mea culpa. It's not an apology. It's an in-your-face "yes we were biased and got our guy elected and would you like a little more salt in that wound?"

In fact, Debby is doing a victory lap, telling us all the wonderful things the Post did during the election. Like a play cast taking a curtain call and asking all the players to come out on stage for the audience's applause.

Take a bow Bill Hamilton, assistant managing editor for politics, and you David Broder, and you Michael Dobbs, the Fact Checker, (wasn't he just great folks?) and that great Howard Kurtz.

Let's bring out the bit players: Williams Thompson, Kevin Merida, Anne Hull, Wil Haygood, and who can forget that Jose Antonio Vargas's pieces about campaigns and the Internet were standouts.

This part of the audience has stopped clapping a long time ago, it's heading for the exits.

Welcome Small Dead Animals. Here's what's the future looks like.

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