NBC's Matt Lauer presses Barack Obama -- as not liberal enough, quoting hotheads at the New York Times: "Sen. Obama is not just tacking gently toward the center. He's lurching right when it suits him, he's zigging with the kind of reckless abandon that's guaranteed to cause disillusion, if not whiplash." ... New polls from battleground states delight MSNBC's Chris Matthews: "I'm thrilled with this. Obama's strength in the Northeast, the West Coast and the Great Lakes."
CBS's Katie Couric sees bias now: "However you feel about her politics, I feel that Sen. Clinton received some of the most unfair, hostile coverage I've ever seen." And Time's former Washington Bureau Chief Margaret Carlson pens, "If there's anything we need to rescue us from the last eight years, it's brains, good judgment and experience. Obama has the first two. Gore has all three."
NBC's Lee Cowan waxes, "In victory and in defeat Michelle Obama had always been there, dressed as brightly as her husband's smile." In reference to John McCain's wife Cindy, New York Times reporter Alessandra Stanley writes: "As the Equal Rights Amendment faded as a cause and conservatism made a comeback, Republican spouses became ever more careful to stay three steps behind their men and the times."
Former ABC reporter Linda Douglass, now an Obama spokesperson, reveals the obvious: "I have fundamental differences with John McCain on the issues and always have. I don't have any problem criticizing John McCain." AP reporter Charles Babington cheers: "Obama is something special, a man who makes difficult tasks look easy, who seems to touch millions of diverse people with a message of hope that somehow doesn't sound Pollyannaish."? Conservative columnist Bob Novak tells it like it is: "I've been covering presidential campaigns since 1960. I have always said I have never seen the media as much entranced by a candidate than when they were in my very first campaign, in 1960, when they were for JFK. But I'm telling you right now, the enchantment with Obama beats the JFK syndrome."
But Helen Thomas, the so-called Dean of the White House press corps, doesn't know any liberals in the news media.