It wasn't big enough to warrant a CFE post here, but when the Politico wasted three pages of pixels denying that they had any pro-Obama biases - any impression of that was due to a lame McCain campaign according to them - but I tossed in a comment: Headline: POLITICO CHECKS ITSELF FOR BIAS; FINDS NONE. Someone went a little further, as Beldar reported:
I believe the correct term for such a brazen attempt to misreport reality is "chutzpah!"
The Politico today:
It is not our impression that many reporters are rooting for Obama personally. To the contrary, most colleagues on the trail we’ve spoken with seem to find him a distant and undefined figure.
The Politico, April 21, 2008:
The difference seems clear: Many journalists are not merely observers but participants in the Obama phenomenon.
(Harris only here: As one who has assigned journalists to cover Obama at both Politico and The Washington Post, I have witnessed the phenomenon several times. Some reporters come back and need to go through detox, to cure their swooning over Obama’s political skill. Even VandeHei seemed to have been bitten by the bug after the Iowa caucus.)
(VandeHei only here: There is no doubt reporters are smitten with Obama’s speeches and promises to change politics. I find his speeches, when he’s on, pretty electric myself. It certainly helps his cause that reporters also seem very tired of the Clintons and their paint-by-polls approach to governing.)
All this is hardly the end of the world. Clinton is not behind principally because of media bias; Obama is not ahead principally because of media favoritism. McCain won the GOP nomination mainly through good luck and the infirmities of his opposition. But the fact that lots of reporters personally like the guy — and a few seem to have an open crush — did not hurt.
For a mostly online publication, these guys have not really caught onto that whole “the Internet will fact-check your ass” thing.
ADD-ON: I don't want to make a full-blown CFE about this either, but in response to a vacuous article praising Obama's Internet
Politico has become indistinguishable from HuffPoo/DailyKos/MSNBC: factually devoid "articles" up top followed by hundreds of copypasta'ed talking points echoing the usual liberal memes - i.e. Palin sucks, McCain sucks, Obama is the Glorious Dear Leader, blah-blah-woof-woof.Politico really used to be an interesting and varied outfit without glaring biases. No longer. I'd pull them off the blog roll if I'd ever bothered to put them on, but I didn't; so there!
The sheer audacity to praise Obama's Internet fundraising operation which has been revealed to be a means for untraceable illegal and foreign contributions to pour in to circumvent the laws shows the Goebbels-like sycophants the Politico has become to Fuhrer Obama. Just as the L.A. Times has sacrificed the last scraps of credibility to cover up the video tape of Obama toasting a Jew-bashing Palestinian terrorist, Politico no longer cares who knows it's biased as long as they get to be stenographers to the power elites of the coming Obama Reich. Pathetic.