Do you notice the contrast in the magazine covers?

If anybody claims that the mainstream media isn’t playing favorites with this campaign either are deluded or just have their head in the sand.

Fox News’ Jana Winter reports on their America’s Election HQ Blog::

The popular celebrity gossip magazine Us Weekly has jumped into the political ring, feet first, with a scathing article about Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

On its most recent cover, due out on newsstands Friday, the magazine shows a picture of Palin with the headline, “Babies, Lies & Scandal” — a marked contrast from its gushing review of Barack and Michelle Obama that ran two months ago.

Critics say this cover, which was released a day ahead of Palin’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, is a sucker punch aimed at the GOP ticket, and is a blatant attempt to influence the votes of the magazine’s 12 million mostly female readers.

Us Weekly publisher Jann Wenner is an outspoken supporter of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

“When you look at this Palin cover and contrast it with the super-friendly story on Obama, it’s hard not to see that they’re clearly biased,” said Jane Hall, associate professor at the American University School of Communication. “It’s not fair and it’s also offensive. I think that they are going to be offensive to many people regardless of whether you’re for Sarah Palin or not.”

The fact that Jane Hall is crying foul should say something since she typically defends the media in their presidential coverage on shows like the O’Reilly Factor on Fox News where she normally appears with Bernie Goldberg.  Amazing.  I’m sure they are going to claim that they were fair in their coverage.  Incredible.  I’m PISSED.

Update:  Megyn Kelly interviews the senior editor of US Weekly yesterday… just had a chance to watch it tonight.

11 comments
  1. I don’t think that US magazine holds a MSM Union Card.. I think that it does hold a GSR (grocery store rag) card though.

    IMO there is really no MSM.. each network seems to have reporters with different perspectives.. and of course for every Olberman on the left there seems to be an O’Reilly on the right.

    Were you also upset by the MSM New Yorker magazine cover [http://kansasbob.blogspot.com/2008/07/politics-of-fear.html]?

    Of course all these magazines are trying to do is sell magazines.. like Vanity Fair [http://kansasbob.blogspot.com/2008/07/politics-of-age.html].

    I don’t see a MSM conspiracy.. of course I don’t listen to Fox or Rush much 🙂

  2. I don’t think that US magazine holds a MSM Union Card.. I think that it does hold a GSR (grocery store rag) card though.

    IMO there is really no MSM.. each network seems to have reporters with different perspectives.. and of course for every Olberman on the left there seems to be an O’Reilly on the right.

    Were you also upset by the MSM New Yorker magazine cover [http://kansasbob.blogspot.com/2008/07/politics-of-fear.html]?

    Of course all these magazines are trying to do is sell magazines.. like Vanity Fair [http://kansasbob.blogspot.com/2008/07/politics-of-age.html].

    I don’t see a MSM conspiracy.. of course I don’t listen to Fox or Rush much 🙂

  3. I don’t think that US magazine holds a MSM Union Card.. I think that it does hold a GSR (grocery store rag) card though.

    IMO there is really no MSM.. each network seems to have reporters with different perspectives.. and of course for every Olberman on the left there seems to be an O’Reilly on the right.

    Were you also upset by the MSM New Yorker magazine cover [http://kansasbob.blogspot.com/2008/07/politics-of-fear.html]?

    Of course all these magazines are trying to do is sell magazines.. like Vanity Fair [http://kansasbob.blogspot.com/2008/07/politics-of-age.html].

    I don’t see a MSM conspiracy.. of course I don’t listen to Fox or Rush much 🙂

  4. I don’t think that US magazine holds a MSM Union Card.. I think that it does hold a GSR (grocery store rag) card though.

    IMO there is really no MSM.. each network seems to have reporters with different perspectives.. and of course for every Olberman on the left there seems to be an O’Reilly on the right.

    Were you also upset by the MSM New Yorker magazine cover [http://kansasbob.blogspot.com/2008/07/politics-of-fear.html]?

    Of course all these magazines are trying to do is sell magazines.. like Vanity Fair [http://kansasbob.blogspot.com/2008/07/politics-of-age.html].

    I don’t see a MSM conspiracy.. of course I don’t listen to Fox or Rush much 🙂

  5. You are right I’m elevating that piece of trash to MSM. I’d have to disagree with your opinion that there isn’t an MSM. I would qualify NBC, CBS, & ABC as mainstream TV. Major papers as mainstream newspaper. CNN & Fox News would be more fringe – only because they are cable.

    Actually I was offended by the New Yorker cover – I thought that was terribly unfair to Barack Obama.

  6. You are right I’m elevating that piece of trash to MSM. I’d have to disagree with your opinion that there isn’t an MSM. I would qualify NBC, CBS, & ABC as mainstream TV. Major papers as mainstream newspaper. CNN & Fox News would be more fringe – only because they are cable.

    Actually I was offended by the New Yorker cover – I thought that was terribly unfair to Barack Obama.

  7. You are right I’m elevating that piece of trash to MSM. I’d have to disagree with your opinion that there isn’t an MSM. I would qualify NBC, CBS, & ABC as mainstream TV. Major papers as mainstream newspaper. CNN & Fox News would be more fringe – only because they are cable.

    Actually I was offended by the New Yorker cover – I thought that was terribly unfair to Barack Obama.

  8. You are right I’m elevating that piece of trash to MSM. I’d have to disagree with your opinion that there isn’t an MSM. I would qualify NBC, CBS, & ABC as mainstream TV. Major papers as mainstream newspaper. CNN & Fox News would be more fringe – only because they are cable.

    Actually I was offended by the New Yorker cover – I thought that was terribly unfair to Barack Obama.

  9. Which major news anchors do you consider biased Shane. I guess I understand Couric from the little I have seen of her. Do you have any specific examples of Williams’ or Gibson’s bias?

    I get a lot of my info from Morning Joe (MSNBC) where there seems to be a balance of guests interviewed and pundit commenters. Do you know of another vehicle that offers a fair and balanced coverage of the election?

    Tonight’s O’Reilly interview should be a good one.. will the self described “gunslinger” be able to outdraw the novice new kid on the block 🙂

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  10. Which major news anchors do you consider biased Shane. I guess I understand Couric from the little I have seen of her. Do you have any specific examples of Williams’ or Gibson’s bias?

    I get a lot of my info from Morning Joe (MSNBC) where there seems to be a balance of guests interviewed and pundit commenters. Do you know of another vehicle that offers a fair and balanced coverage of the election?

    Tonight’s O’Reilly interview should be a good one.. will the self described “gunslinger” be able to outdraw the novice new kid on the block 🙂

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

  11. Which major news anchors do you consider biased Shane. I guess I understand Couric from the little I have seen of her. Do you have any specific examples of Williams’ or Gibson’s bias?

    I get a lot of my info from Morning Joe (MSNBC) where there seems to be a balance of guests interviewed and pundit commenters. Do you know of another vehicle that offers a fair and balanced coverage of the election?

    Tonight’s O’Reilly interview should be a good one.. will the self described “gunslinger” be able to outdraw the novice new kid on the block 🙂

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Inerrancy vs Scriptural Trustworthiness

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