Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said that media in the U.S. have abandoned any pretense of neutrality in the Democratic presidential race and are heavily biased toward Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with Britain’s Financial Times, Rendell — who has endorsed Clinton in the upcoming Pennsylvania primary — said the bias against the former first lady is the worst instance of favoritism “I have seen in my 31 years in politics.”
He added: “The media has drunk the Kool-Aid with Obama … They have fallen in love with the message and the messenger…
“They don’t even pretend to be objective. The media dislike the Clintons and harbor a lot of resentments against them.”
Rendell, a Democrat, cited an instance when an NBC reporter confessed he found it hard to remain objective given Obama’s “infectious” appeal.
He also joked that Keith Olbermann of MSNBC “has to be on the Obama payroll” and that MSNBC is the “Obama campaign’s official channel.”
The Obama camp disputes allegations of media bias and points to the press’ harsh scrutiny of his relationship with controversial Chicago pastor Jeremiah Wright, the Times reported.
But Rendell maintained that the media are far more forgiving of Obama’s mistakes than Hillary’s.
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