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Bozell: Media Coverage Most Biased Ever

By Jim Meyers   |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 03:27 PM

Conservative media maven Brent Bozell tells Newsmax that news coverage of the current presidential race is the most biased he’s ever seen, with the media “in the tank” for Barack Obama.

Bozell is the founder and president of the Media Research Center and the Cybercast News Service, which are dedicated to exposing liberal bias in the media.

Asked by Newsmax’s Ashley Martella if he has ever seen coverage of a campaign so blatantly one-sided as the Obama-John McCain race, Bozell declared:

“Not only is this something I’ve never seen in a 30-year career, but people who are older than I, more experienced than I, people like Bob Novak, will point out that in his professional career, which spans 50 years, which goes back to the days of John F. Kennedy, he has never seen anything like this.

“This is a news media that has thrown off any pretext of objectivity, of fairness, of even-handedness. They are in the tank for Barack Obama unlike any candidate in history.”

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Bozell said the “real question” is whether the biased media are having an impact on the race.

“What you’re seeing is a curious phenomenon this year,” he told Newsmax.

“On the one hand, every single national poll that is tracking this issue is showing overwhelmingly the public is on to the media, to the so-called news media…

“So does that mean they’re not having an impact? No, that’s not what it means.

“There are two kinds of biases.” One is “the bias by commission, which is the media deliberately advancing the agenda of Barack Obama, and that’s what the public is seeing. The flip side, however, is the dangerous one. It’s the bias by omission, where the media simply refuses to report anything that is detrimental to Barack Obama.

“Now if you don’t know what that story is, you don’t know that they’re not reporting it. And that’s the danger.”

Bozell also warned about the impact on democracy in America if a Democratic Congress and White House succeed in reinstituting the Fairness Doctrine.

The Doctrine would require radio stations to balance a conservative talk show host with a liberal one — or cancel the conservative.

That would constitute “the single greatest threat to the conservative movement, and to the whole concept of free speech, and therefore to a democratic system in America today … That’s how bad this is.”

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