The Media Bias Bet

So I suppose my promise to completely tune out was somewhat premature. For some reason, this time around, Christmas music just isn’t enough. I’m still not venturing on to Facebook, though. The gloating grates too much. I may not return until my contractual obligation to keep my embarrassing Limburger profile picture up finally lapses.

I have had, however, the misfortune of having real life conversations with Obama gloaters who mock me for insisting that lefty media bias played a huge role in supporting the president’s reelection efforts. Since Nate Silver turned out to be right, the story goes, that’s proof that media bias is a Tea Party bugaboo and nothing more, and the only media bias that’s out there is the conservative slant of FOX News, and everyone else plays it straight.

Alright, then. Here’s a hypothetical scenario that shows how ridiculous that premise really is.

Imagine a game show. Doesn’t matter who the host is or what the rules are. In fact, it’s a pretty simple and short little quiz. You’ll be asked one simple question, and if you answer it correctly, you win a million bucks.

Ready? Here we go.

Question: In the 2012 presidential election, for whom did NBC news anchor Brian Williams vote to be President of United States?

It doesn’t have to be Brian Williams. You can pull out his name and substitute Bob Schieffer or Katie Couric or Charlie Gibson or Matt Lauer or Diane Sawyer or George Stephanopoulos. Or head over to CNN. Who did Soledad O’Brien vote for? How about Erin Burnett? Anyone want to hazard a guess where Anderson Cooper or Wolf Blitzer’s political loyalties lie?

Unlike partisan commentators who label themselves as such, these television personalities have not seen fit to let us know conclusively which candidate got their vote. Remember, they’re billed as objective news anchors, professionals who would never dream of letting their personal political leanings affect their reporting.

Why is it, then, that I am supremely confident that, with a million bucks on the line, every person in America would answer my quiz show question by saying these people voted for Obama?

110 days into his first term, even the president, at a White House press corps dinner, announced, “I’m Barack Obama. Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me.”

And just how did he know that? If bias really is simply a phantom of a conservative’s fevered mind, shouldn’t there be at least a scintilla of doubt as to where these people’s electoral loyalties lie?

If there is someone reading this blog who genuinely would, in fact, risk a million dollars on the proposition that one of these people is a Republican, I would dearly love to hear your story.

I’m not saying I’m going to believe your story, mind you, but it would be very interesting to hear it.

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