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Leftists Subvert Journalism

The lamestream media told you:

USA Today is America's newspaper.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Two key journalists exposed themselves to the public at a forum sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists at Arizona State University on Nov. 12.

The Uninvited Ombudsman asked USA Today Washington D.C. Bureau Chief Susan Page: "The studies right before the election and immediately after it found that news coverage was slanted by two-to-one, and as much as four-to-one for John McCain... to lose. Given that the popular vote spread was only 3% (52% to 46%, a 6% difference, or 3% away from swinging the result), would the election have turned out differently if the news media had been balanced, or tilted the other way?"

Her answer: "No. Because the country was ready for change, you could just tell." Her husband Carl Leubsdorf, Washington Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News, agreed.

Why? She says because Obama's: New. Fresh. Represents change. People love him, including reporters (I'm not making this up), and he ran a good campaign. Palin, by the way, "sabotaged herself." Also, "She needed more coverage."

Does coverage that slanted meet the SPJ ethics guidelines for fair, balanced reporting? She says, "No." (The guidelines provide no rebuke, reproach, censure or penalty for even grossly abusive violations on an industry-wide scale, even if they alter national elections.)

What does she read to get a sense of what people are thinking?

Her answer: "Daily Kos and The Huffington Post." She saw nothing unusual in this, adding, these are good places for finding story leads.

Her favorite TV news: NBC, because their political coverage is good. (NBC is widely recognized as the most unbalanced cheerleader on the air for the Democrats).

Leubsdorf believes MSNBC is to the left, FOX news is way to the right, and CNN is right in the middle. (CNN may be between the other two, but is so far left it's impossible to fairly call them the middle.)

When asked about the Fairness Doctrine, the Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today claimed: she didn't know much about it, it's a complex issue, the FCC is the bureau in charge, and mumbled something about managing the public airwaves. I told her she should be against having federal bureaucrats deciding what you can say, and she said it's not on her desk.

In other comments, "The New York Times is the most respected newspaper in the country." Speaking of Keith Olbermann, "I think he's very good at what he does." Going forward, "FOX was hurt by the Obama win and will be on the outside looking in. MSNBC will be the voice of the administration."

When the audience of 50 or so ASU students was asked if they watched CNN, most hands went up. When asked if they watched FOX, I saw only one. The moderator, N. Christian Anderson III, a visiting journalism professor, added with a chuckle, "We only get CNN here."

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