(HT Gus van Horn)
The irony of Obama's attack on Fox News is that even a study by the liberal Pew Research Center showed that Fox News was the most even-handed during the last presidential campaign.
40 percent of Fox News stories on Obama in the last six weeks of the campaign were negative. Similarly, 40 percent of Fox News' stories on Obama's Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, were negative.
On CNN, by contrast, there was a 22-point disparity in the percentage of negative stories on Obama (39 percent) and McCain (61 percent). The disparity was even greater at MSNBC, according to Pew, where just 14 percent of Obama stories were negative, compared to a whopping 73 percent of McCain stories -- a spread of 59 points.
Although the article quoted above does not provide the source for the Pew study it mentions, I did find this through my own search.
"The Color of News : How different media have covered the general election." Oct. 29, 2008
In the original article, various news agencies are compared to the "media overall." Given the strong liberal bias of the general news media, I find this use of it as a "control" biased from the start. To place the focus more directly on comparing one news agency to another, I cropped the graphs from the article and recombined them to come up with the following visuals. It's rather stunning.
MSNBC: Obama-------McCain--------NBC: Obama-------McCain
It's a shame they didn't include NPR, PBS and other government-subsidized media. It would have been even more informative.
Looking at the relative sizes of the various color boxes, you can see for yourself which news agency handled the candidates most similarly: FOX.
Obama's recent attempt to exclude Fox News is not just miscalculated hubris but an act of thuggery, and an attack on one of our country's most sacred freedoms.
It is not his only attack on our liberty-- just the one which most directly threatens the media. I am grateful they took the stance they did and rallied in defiance. It is tragic they do not see the other attacks as clearly.
Update 10/25/09: For those interested in reading the detailed methodology of the above study, see here and here.