Time magazine's Mark Halperin made news over the weekend, charging at an election forum that the media bias in favor of Barack Obama was "the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war. It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage."
Editor & Publisher's Greg Mitchell is now challenging Halperin's claims:
Halperin himself couldn't be biased, could he? One recalls his remarkable letter to far right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt last year when he declared, "I really enjoyed our radio talk and I appreciated the opportunity to appear with someone I respect so much....As I said on the show, you and I agree on almost everything we discussed." [...]
It's the old false equivalency problem. In his "disgusting" remarks at the forum, Halperin cited as the most obvious flaw the NYT's late profiles of Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama. Why, the McCain profile was more negative! Well, come of think of it, Michelle did not have an affair with Barack during a previous marriage, did not steal money from her own charity and barely avoid jail, did not become a drug addict, did not lie about the the circumstances of adopting a baby abroad, and so on!
Read more from Mitchell here.