What “angle” will make the government look best?

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There is no such thing as a “liberal bias” in the mainstream national media. The bias that exists (most prominently in the major national news organizations) is a relentless pro-government bias.

This has been well documented, and only the most oblivious Conservative thinks that the media’s treatment of Bush’s wars has been “anti-war” or that media coverage in any serious way challenged the invasion or the ongoing occupation.

But the coverage of Obama has been downright worshipful, and I was impressed by the sheer brilliance of a recent piece in the Onion:

Media Having Trouble Finding Right Angle On Obama’s Double-Homicide


“I know there’s a story in there somewhere,” said Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, referring to Obama’s home invasion and execution-style slaying of Jeff and Sue Finowicz on Apr. 8. “Right now though, it’s probably best to just sit back and wait for more information to come in.

“There’s been some debate around the office about whether we should report on this at all,” Washington Post senior reporter Bill Tracy said while on assignment at a local dog show. “It’s enough of a tragedy without the press jumping in and pointing fingers or, worse, exploiting the violence. Plus, we need to be sensitive to the victims’ families at this time. Their loved ones were brutally, brutally murdered, after all.”

12:37 pm on April 19, 2009