September 8, 2008
The NYT Tackles US Weekly's "Scandalous" Cover Story on Sarah Palin
A focus on liberal bias: "The celebrity magazine, which usually focuses more on Britney and baby bumps than elections, drew criticism from readers for the cover. A record number of commenters on the Us magazine Web site -- more than 6,600, at last count -- weighed in, most focusing on the magazine's perceived bias."
Posted by: Clay Waters 9/8/2008 2:22:59 PM
In an uncommon acknowledgement of the media bias issue, reporter Stephanie Clifford tackled allegations of pro-Michelle Obama, anti-Sarah Palin bias in the celebrity magazine US Weekly in a Monday Business section story, “Readers See Bias in US Weekly’s Take on Sarah Palin.”
"One of the tricks of the magazine trade is attracting attention at the supermarket checkout. For Us Weekly magazine, which featured a cover story about Sarah Palin titled “Babies, Lies & Scandal,” it was mission accomplished. "
"Many contrasted the cover of Ms. Palin with a June cover, “Why Barack Loves Her,” featuring Barack and Michelle Obama. “Barack and Michelle in an embrace and a fluff article on their marriage....only to be followed by a picture of our possible future VP with her newborn baby and an insulting and untrue title to the magazine cover?” one reader posted."
September 8, 2008 - Pictured above - - On the left: “US Weekly” June 2008 cover featuring a pleasant article about the marriage of Barack and Michelle Obama. On the right: “US Weekly” September 2008 cover featuring Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in an unpleasant article about Ms. Palin and her family.
Let’s be honest. I’m not sure I really consider “US Weekly” to be media of any substance. It’s really just provocative middle school typing and salacious pictures.
Then again, the compare and contrast between the two magazine covers comes at a time in which the elite media in this country continues to be called on the carpet for its situational ethics and moral relativism – and there continues to be a momentum gathering to hold the media responsible for its documented, albeit unapologetic bias.
I personally witnessed the incident at the Republican National Convention of which David Bauder writes:
“During her acceptance speech last week, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin talked about the "Washington elite" not accepting her qualifications for the job. Some delegates on the convention floor began chanting, "N-B-C, N-B-C.’ ”
In the long run, it may prove to be serendipitous for advocates such as “US Weekly” to “endorse” Illinois Senator Barack Obama – and for the surrogates of the Obama campaign to keep kicking Governor Palin as the middle of the road independent voter will not be compelled or persuaded to vote for the Obama-Biden ticket by endorsements by nutbars.
20080818 Time blog - Real Clear Politics: “A Media Coverage Mea Culpa” by Heather Wilhelm
20080817 McCain protests NBC coverage by Mike Allen at Politico
Readers See Bias in Us Weekly’s Take on Sarah Palin By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
Timeswatch: The NYT tackles US Weekly cover story on Palin
MSNBC says Olbermann, Matthews won't anchor
By David Bauder The Associated Press 11:45 AM EDT, September 8, 2008
NEW YORK - MSNBC is replacing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as co-anchors of political night coverage with David Gregory, and will use the two newsmen as commentators.The change reflects tensions between the freewheeling, opinionated MSNBC and the impartial newsgatherers at NBC News. ...