Thursday, November 13, 2008
WASHINGTON POST COLUMNIST ADMITS ELECTION COVERAGE BIASED
World Net Daily reports:
The Post's admission came in a column by Ombudsman Deborah Howell, who wrote that the newspaper's op-ed pages favored Democrat Sen. Barack Obama by endorsement and in print. But Obama "deserved tougher scrutiny than he got," Howell said, "especially of his undergraduate years, his start in Chicago and his relationship with Antoin 'Tony" Rezko, who was convicted this year of influence-peddling."
Howell also wrote that the Post "did nothing" on Obama's admitted drug use as a teenager, nor did the newspaper give vice presidential-elect Sen. Joe Biden the scrutiny he deserved, instead going over GOP vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin "with a fine-tooth comb."
One-sidedness like that was a "gaping hole" in the newspaper's coverage, Howell wrote....
Howell noted the newspaper "ran far more laudatory opinion pieces on Obama, 32, than on Sen. John McCain, 13. There were far more negative pieces about McCain, 58, than there were about Obama, 32."
She added, "One gaping hole in coverage involved Joe Biden, Obama's running mate. When Gov. Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president, reporters were booking the next flight to Alaska. Some readers thought The Post went over Palin with a fine-tooth comb and neglected Biden. They are right; it was a serious omission."
Read it here...