Members of the media, by a 4-to-1 ratio, self-identify as political liberals. This does not fully explain why Sen. Barack Obama received preferential treatment in his campaign against Hillary Clinton. However, it could explain why they are ignoring his flaws and untruths.
The term "mainstream media" is really a misnomer. It is unfair to call the news media "mainstream" when you compare them to America. Only 6 percent of journalists identify themselves as conservative compared to over one-third (36 percent) of the public classifying themselves as such. Only 19 percent of the public consider themselves liberal according to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism 2008 "State of the Media" report.
Obama is not going through the intense vetting process which candidates usually have experienced by this stage of a national campaign. Consciously or not, the national media are neglecting to shine the spotlight on him when it comes to blunders and mistakes.
His mistakes range from the laughable to the seriously critical.
This week during an 11-minute impromptu statement to the media, he stumbled and said "uh." 144 times. When off the TelePrompTer, he clearly is not the golden orator we have been sold.
Little was mentioned outside the blogs when Obama said that he has traveled all 57 states. Dan Quayle must be envious.
When arguing that our military's Arabic translators are needed in Afghanistan, he did not know that Afghans do not speak Arabic. George Bush would have been crucified for such an error.
His campaign lied when asked if he was born a Muslim. The media took him at his word and did not research enough to find out that Islam is patrilineal. This example of cultural ignorance had the Israeli media buzzing.
Obama told a crowd that Iran does not "pose a serious threat to us" because "tiny countries" having small defense budgets are not a threat to America. The following day, after a little homework, he was correcting himself: "I've made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave."
During his Senate race, Obama admitted using drugs beginning in high school and into college. To many a left-wing journalist, use of marijuana and cocaine are no big deal, so why should they bring attention to Obama's past use? Allegations of later drug use have been ignored.
While overlooking Obama's cocaine usage, recent displays of lack of knowledge and campaign mistakes, the media are committing a great disservice to America. They are essentially abandoning their historical role as a watchdog over government and politics.
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