Thursday, October 20, 2011

Of All Presidential Candidates, the "Liberal" Media Hates Obama Most

One of the favorite complaints from conservatives is that the "lamestream" media is liberal and biased against conservative ideas and candidates. So, if the "liberal" media has such a strong bias against conservative candidates, which Presidential candidate has received the worst, most negative press coverage in the past several months?

Perhaps Mitt Romney, who's flip-flopping on everything from abortion, gun control, stem cell research, DADT, and carbon emissions leaves one wondering if he really stands for anything?

Or perhaps Ron Paul, who as a libertarian and somewhat anti-establishment candidate, has been the target of what The Atlantic has called a media blackout?

Or maybe Rick Perry, who, similar to his Texas predecessor George W. Bush, occasionally struggles to put together basic sentences on stage?

And the answer is - none of these, nor even a Republican:
One man running for president has suffered the most unrelentingly negativetreatment of all, the study found: Barack Obama. Though covered largely as president rather than a candidate, negative assessments of Obama have outweighed positive by a ratio of almost 4-1. Those assessments of the president have also been substantially more negative than positive every one of the 23 weeks studied. And in no week during these five months was more than 10% of the coverage about the president positive in tone.
In fact, the numbers show that Perry is the "liberal" media's darling golden boy, while Obama is the "liberal" media's whipping boy:

Not that I'm terribly surprised, given the universe that is the "liberal" media:



  1. Grant, your own liberal bias rings out loud and clear... do you think the fact that the president is the most reported liberal in all media has something to do with the fact that he will get some negative comments? Mom

  2. Mom,

    It's not that he gets any particular number of comments, or even that he gets any particular number of negative comments - it's that the coverage of him in the supposedly liberal media is overwhelmingly negative, which stands in stark contrast to most of the Republican candidates, who receive either net neutral or net positive coverage (except for Gingrich and Pawlenty, it seems). To me, this is yet more evidence that the media does not actually have a liberal bias - a myth that has been debunked by practically every serious study of the issue.

    -The Angry Bureaucrat

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