On the other hand, consider the wide-eyed reception the mainstream media gave to the so-called "Memo-Gate" story about the National Guard documents that allegedly proved President Bush was a slacker of a Guardsman. CBS was pitched the story by liberals who disliked Bush; the documents were so absurdly fraudulent that it took independent observers all of 30 seconds to smell a rat; yet CBS ran with the story and even seemed to stand by it after it was completely debunked. Memo-Gate was designed to bring down George W. Bush; instead, it brought down Dan Rather. But even that was only because conservatives, through blogs and talk radio, have a small outlet to make their voices heard through the cacophony of the mainstream liberal media.
This pattern holds every election cycle. Democrats have an easier time getting reporters to take their spin than Republicans do. This doesn't happen 100 percent of the time -- just the majority. In last week's stories about the Supreme Court's partial-birth abortion case, "partial birth" had quotation marks around it, a subtle nod to pro-abortion advocates. This past January, tens of thousands of pro-life activists marched, on a weekday, in the annual March for Life and got very little coverage; the following weekend, there was an anti-war rally a fraction of the March for Life's size, yet it received more extensive coverage. And on and on and on.
Reporters don't necessarily want to stick it to conservatives; it's just that the liberal arguments make more sense to them, so liberals are shown almost invariably in a brighter light than conservatives.
George Soros, upset with the slight inroads conservatives have made recently, has funded an organization called Media Matters for America, led by liberal muckraker David Brock. Brock's job is to serve as a constant rapid responder to any media report that fails to follow Soros' Shadow Party agenda. Brock is there to crack the whip any time a "one of us" liberal reporter steps out of line and to make sure reporters are instructed on how to take down any conservative leader or idea that starts gaining traction with the American people.
Ultimately, the problem isn't ideology but laziness. Conservatives who accuse reporters of doing liberals' work for them have it backward; the real problem is that reporters are too often willing to let liberals like Brock do their work for them.
Tom DeLay is the former House Majority Leader, the second ranking leader in the United States House of Representatives, and co-author of No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight.