Republicans barely exist in this narrative, but when they surface, it's only so they can be severely beaten. Klein's Obama action movie portrayed our president/hero as leading "a triumph of vision over substance," complete with the usual spin that Obama is "lucky" to have Republican enemies/villains snidely unleashing "gimmicks and hissy fits," whose rants "seem both ungracious and unhinged."
The long Klein hymn of praise was only the beginning. They paired the four-page column with 10 pages of adoring photographs on his "historic start," including such supposedly historic photos as "Obama plays with a football," "Obama congratulates his daughter [Sasha] on her ability to navigate the building," "Obama ... greets his daughter [Malia] as she talks about her school day," and a photo of an "intimate moment" of Barack dancing with Michelle as "Earth, Wind and Fire serenades them."
You can see their heartfelt investment in Team Obama simply in the effort they're putting out. Remember Time magazine's cover package on Bush's first 100 days in 2001? No. Maybe that's because there wasn't one.
A Media Research Center study of all 852 stories about the Obama administration on ABC's "World News," "CBS Evening News" and "NBC Nightly News" from Jan. 20 through April 15 found most of the coverage tilted in favor of Obama's liberal agenda, with conservative spokesmen and experts virtually shut out of the debate.
None of the three broadcast networks aired a single story on whether the new president's economic policies were driving America toward European-style socialism. Not a single network news reporter used the term "socialist" to describe how his policies are shifting economic authority to the federal government. On only four occasions was the word "socialist" used on camera at all -- all by outside sources.
Network reporters never called Obama or his agenda even "liberal." NBC and CBS never used the word, and ABC only aired the term twice, citing Republicans using the word "liberal" to describe White House policies. On three of these major economic policies -- his banking bailout, his auto bailout and his plans for socialized medicine -- the networks never had a single soundbite from a conservative expert. After 100 days, the media still look more like the president's advertising team than the people's watchdog.