Sunday, September 07, 2008

Palin, and Media Bias (UPDATED x 3 & Bumped)

The news today: Sarah Palin, Alaska's Govenor, is McCain's VP pick. WOW! We expected fireworks in Denver, and subdued enthusiasm in Minneapolis for our trip. The opposite will be true, and we can't wait!

We clicked to the first AP story by Liz Sidoti. Liz has been a regular "winner" here at on our home page of biased MSM headlines. Her headline isn't what caught our attention, it was her content:

Palin is a self-styled hockey mom and political reformer who has been governor of her state less than two years.

We haven't seen Liz speak of Obama's 140 days in the US Senate.

In making his pick, Mccain passed over several more prominent prospects who had figured in speculation for months — Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge among them.

"More Prominent"? Was Biden "prominent"?

More recently, she has come under the scrutiny of an investigation by the Republican-controlled legislature into the possibility that she ordered the dismissal of Alaska's public safety commissioner because he would not fire her former brother-in-law as a state trooper.

Is this the best AP can do? We'll watch as the MSM tries to make this issue an equal to Rezko, Grove Parc, or Infanticide.

What Liz has done is show there will be no favorable MSM coverage of the GOP. Not even hours after the VP pick.

We'll keep track of this MSM bias on our home page. Your votes and comments on our headlines are appreciated.

UPDATE 8.30:

Our normal rate of biased headlines posted to our home page ranges from 1-3 per day. Last night we posted 8, most about Palin. Here are the "winners":

Newsweek: Alter: Why Sarah Palin Is Likely to Belly-Flop
CNN: Begala on Palin: Is McCain out of his mind?
MSNBC: Palin is McCain's Boldest Gamble
AP: Analysis: Palin's age, inexperience rival Obama's

That last headline might backfire...

Remember, these are the FIRST headlines about Palin from these media companies. Not one of the MSM outlets we track had a headline similar to "McCain picks Sarah Palin as his VP". Not one.


The biased headlines keep coming in. Here are some more "winners":

NYT: News Analysis: Choice of Palin is Bold Move by McCain, With Risks
LA Times: McCain's choice of Palin is a risk
LA Times: Palin had risen quickly from PTA to VP pick
AP: Analysis: Palin could complicate energy debate

We're still waiting for news on America's newspapers, rather than opinion. You too?


The headlines keep on coming! Here are some headlines we posted today to our home page:

CNN: Are women ready to back Palin?
AP: Analysis: GOP contradicts self on Palin family
AP: Pentecostalism obscured in Palin biography
Reuters: Sarah Palin controversy stokes Mommy War
AP: Analysis: McCain camp plays sexism card for Palin
NYT: Palin Disclosures Raise Questions on Vetting
Reuters: Palin "bridge to nowhere" line angers many Alaskans

Our headline suggestion for the MSM: Despite Layoffs and Reduced Circulation, MSM Outlets Working Harder Than Ever.

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