Media Bias Reaches a Frenzied Pace Before Election

The liberal media never has a problem portraying conservatives and Republicans in a negative light. Just prior to the election, their bias has reached a fevered pitch.
Below are yet two more blatant examples.

Good Bush Economy Attacked, Bad Obama Economy Ignored by Media

Twenty-three million people unemployed or underemployed, a $16-trillion debt and repeated trillion-dollar deficits.

Boo.

The scariest thing this Halloween has nothing to do with witches and goblins or even the Munsters remake (ugh). The scariest thing in America right now is the continued awful economy.

An incumbent president running for re-election in a down economy – we’ve heard that story before. Only when we heard it last time, George W. Bush was running for re-election in 2004 and the economy was in remarkably fine shape.

That horror story hasn’t been told by the major media according to a soon-to-be-released report from the Media Research Center titled “Upside Down Economics.” The report shows the reality of two different elections and how ABC, CBS and NBC chose to depict the Bush economy as doing badly and ignored or downplay the many faults of the Obama economic record.

The story eight years later has gone from trick to treat. In September (as this research was done) US unemployment stood at 8.1 percent, close to 3 percent higher than it had been under Bush at the exact same point in his term. Economic growth was downgraded to 1.3 percent, part of a continued decline. The tandem of unemployment and underemployment meant 23 million Americans were out looking for work.

But network journalists didn’t dare depict that nightmare. ABC’s professional Democrat George Stephanopoulos interviewed White House adviser David Plouffe on “Good Morning America,” asking about the budget. He let Plouffe claim the administration had “cut over $3 trillion in spending, more than what was called for in the Bowles-Simpson plan,” yet forgot to mention that the federal debt had ballooned to $16 trillion under Obama.

Even gas prices, near and dear to American wallets, were downplayed. Gas was nearly 100 percent higher than it had been under Bush. Rather than media screams, journalists put on a positive spin on things. ABC’s Diane Sawyer reflected that trend when she called for “relief is in sight and soon” on Sept. 4 as gas hit $3.84 a gallon – almost $2 a gallon higher than it had been on Bush.

Less than a week till the election and media honesty about the economy is as elusive as the Great Pumpkin.

Also…

Study shows late night comedians dig more at Romney than all Democrats combined

A study released this week by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) found that since the conventions in September, late night comedians Jay Leno, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Fallon have told more jokes about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney than all Democrats combined.

“Romney is leading in the humor race, but being the biggest joke is a race nobody wants to win,” the center’s president Dr. Robert Lichter said in a statement.

Overall, the study concluded that Republicans were the targets of political humor more than twice as often as their Democratic counterparts, with the most significant disproportion occurring in the monologues delivered by David Letterman. CMPA counted 290 jokes made about Republicans and 138 about Democrats.

Mitt Romney was been the bull’s-eye of 148 jokes, Barack Obama has been subjected to 62, with other Republican political figures such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul Ryan, Clint Eastwood and Chris Christie also making the cut. Of the Democrats, only two others – former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden – made the Top 10 joke list.

According to some media gurus, the study results are hardly surprising.

“Romney is the butt of jokes because he is conservative. Yes, he is a rich, square Mormon guy with the perfect hair who has never had a drink or even a soda. But a liberal Democrat with the same qualities could expect much kinder treatment than Romney has gotten,” Matt Philbin, Managing Editor of the Culture and Media Institute, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column.

“Remember in 2009, Chris Rock basically said there was no way to make fun of Obama – there was nothing to make fun of. My Twitter feed says different, of course, but the President is their guy and they are not going to say anything to give aid and comfort to conservatives,” Philbin said.

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