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Fox Isn't Flag-Waving, Just Angry

(Newser) - The conservative movement is at a crossroads, torn between its intellectuals (think David Brooks) and its shouters (think Rush Limbaugh). As TV’s main conservative voice, Fox News could tip the scales, so Isaac Chotiner of the New Republic watched as much of the channel as he could. His verdict...

Palin: Chronicle Suppressed Obama Coal Interview

Paper: It's been online since January

(Newser) - Sarah Palin apparently believes the San Francisco Chronicle suppressed a January interview with Barack Obama, in which he threatens to bankrupt the coal industry. “You gotta listen to the tape,” Palin told an Ohio crowd yesterday. “Why is this audio tape just now surfacing? This interview was...

Palin Coverage Negative by 18-1: Study

Conservative watchdog group cites "undeniable pattern of bias"

(Newser) - A study from a right-wing media watchdog says coverage of Sarah Palin on the big three TV networks has been overwhelmingly negative, Politico reports. NBC, CBS, and ABC broadcast 69 stories on Palin between September 29 and October 12, of which the Culture and Media Institute considered 37 negative, 30...

Drudge Loses Juice as Media Swing Left

Tough competition drives Fleet Street-style sensationalism, bias

(Newser) - The Ashley Todd hoax was as good a symbol as any of the decline of the Drudge Report, writes John Gapper in the Financial Times. Liberal blogs, cable TV, and, indeed, newspapers themselves have invaded and occupied Matt Drudge’s sensationalist niche. Tough competition and falling circulation are “pushing...

McCain to NYT: Don't Mess With the Missus

Fuming campaign suggests paper find Obama's 'drug dealer'

(Newser) - The McCain campaign and the New York Times are at it again after the paper published a partly unflattering profile of Cindy McCain today, Lynn Sweet reports for the Chicago Sun-Times. Mrs. McCain’s lawyer fired off an angry letter at the Times, asking why it drudged up old stories...

How McCain Lost His Media 'Base'

Republican scaring away members of his own party turns press into hunters

(Newser) - John McCain used to call the press “my base,” but if that’s true, his base has turned against him. Most of his biggest admirers, won over by his 2000 campaign, have become brutal critics, John Heileman writes for New York. The Republicans of all stripes pouring off...

Moderator of VP Debate Mired in Bias Brouhaha

Ifill's book on black politics has been reported for months

(Newser) - When the two presidential campaigns agreed that Gwen Ifill would moderate tonight's VP debate, it was already known that she was writing a book on contemporary black politics. But yesterday the right wing blogosphere erupted with claims that Ifill is biased toward the Democrats and should pull out. As the...

McCain Camp Slams 'Biased' NY Times

Strategist cries foul after paper reports on lobbyist links

(Newser) - The McCain camp launched another attack on the media yesterday, this time blasting the New York Times as "biased" for its report linking the campaign to lobbyists for Freddie Mac and Freddie Mae. A spokesman called the Times a "pro-Obama advocacy organization" after the paper revealed that campaign...

Cindy Cries 'Sexism' in Palin Uproar

McCain rips media, can't recall Palin's 'whining' zinger at Clinton

(Newser) - Cindy McCain "absolutely" believes sexism is behind the media scrutiny of Sarah Palin, the beer heiress told ABC's Good Morning America, complaining that the Palin coverage is "insulting" and "outlandish." McCain, however, said she didn't remember Palin deriding Clinton's "whine about that excess criticism" as...

AP Bureau Chief Considered Job With McCain

It's the 2nd accusation of cozying up to right wing for Fournier

(Newser) - Ron Fournier’s objectivity is being questioned yet again, as Politico reports that the AP’s Washington bureau chief was offered a senior position in the McCain campaign before returning to the wire service in March 2007. Fournier’s political leanings have been a hot topic lately, since a 2004...

McCain Jab on War Most 'Scurrilous' in Memory: Klein

Time 's Klein can't believe he said Obama would rather lose war than election

(Newser) - John McCain’s latest jab at Barack Obama—“It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign”–stuns Joe Klein, who writes in Time that the Republican’s Iraq claim is the most “scurrilous statement by a major...

European Demands Vex Obama Camp

Suggestions tour lacks substance add sour note to fawning press

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s campaign is frustrated that his Berlin visit tomorrow is being over-analyzed, Der Spiegel reports—with Europeans complaining that he’s giving a mere stump speech, or that his address might lack substance. Obama is dropping in to outline his vision for trans-Atlantic alliances—he’s expected to...

Ripping Media on One Hand, Mac Says It's 'Fun to Watch'

Even as campaign blasts press fawning over Obama, candidate demurs with Couric

(Newser) - Yesterday, as his campaign released an ad mocking the press corps’ affection for Barack Obama—and handed out press credentials rubbing it in—John McCain said the opposite to CBS’ Katie Couric. Mac “doesn’t think” the media has been unfair: “I'm certainly not complaining. And, in fact,...

Obama Appears Cocky, Presidential

The media fawns, McCain glowers, but Obama gets raves: Dowd

(Newser) - The better Barack Obama’s foreign excursion goes, the more nervous Republicans get,  Maureen Dowd writes in the New York Times. Images of John McCain happily sharing a golf cart with Bush 41 don’t contrast well with images of Obama happily sharing a helicopter with David Petraeus. But...

McCain Video Mocks Media Coverage of Obama

Montage offers snippets of glowing coverage

(Newser) - The McCain campaign debuted an Internet video today it says documents the press corps’ one-sided swoon over Barack Obama, ABC News reports. Set to music, the video features on-air personalities—MSNBC's Chris Matthews is among those featured prominently—offering adoring sentiments about Obama. It also airs Democratic-primary complaints from top...

Olbermann to Media: 'Shut the Hell Up'

Blunt host may be changing the news, but is it for the better?

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann has always been mad as hell, and a parade of ex-colleagues tell the New Yorker they just couldn't take it anymore. The O'Reilly-pummeling, Murrow-channeling ex-sportscaster host of MSNBC's Countdown has consistently alienated both co-workers and higher-ups with the same brusque combativeness he applies nightly to the Bush administration.

CNN Reporter: Corp. Execs Pushed Media to Play Up War

Jessica Yellin explains 'deferential' attitude Scott McClellan alluded to

(Newser) - CNN reporter Jessica Yellin charged on-air last night that “the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives” to present the Iraq war consistently “with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president's high approval ratings.” Responding to Scott McClellan’s complaint that reporters were...

Journos Pick at McClellan Portrayal

Some get defensive at ex-spokesman jabs; others agree

(Newser) - Scott McClellan writes in his memoir that “the ‘liberal media’ didn't live up to its reputation” on Iraq. “If it had, the country would have been better served.” Some insider reactions:
  • “You know you're a wussy press corps when the former White House Press Secretary

Hillary's Been 'Denigrated,' Says Bill; Also, I Shoulda Shut Up

But ex-prez denies playing race card

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has been “dismissed, denigrated, declared dead” by a press corps in her rival’s pocket, Bill dishes to People. The first spouse wannabe says bias has been such that “I thought I was literally lost in a fun house.” Still, he partly faults himself for...

Rove: From Politics to Punditry

News networks picking up commentators with party connections

(Newser) - To stoke interest in cutthroat election coverage, cable news networks and other outlets are recruiting political strategists with credentials and big-time party connections, the New York Times reports. One of the newest pundits? None other than Karl Rove, now an analyst for Fox News and contributor to Newsweek and the ...

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