Today’s Daily News, for at least the third time in the last seven days, includes a supplement with big pictures of Barack Obama. Today we’re treated to the famply photo album, with pictures of our next President as a little kid, then growing up, and with his wife and family. And even the New York Post, which supported McCain, is running photo spreads of Obama.
We get it: he’s the President-elect, and he’s good-looking. We already know what he looks like. He’s married, and his wife and family are good-looking too.
For my part, it’s another passel of waste paper that I’ll ultimately have to bind up and throw away.
It’s not that I’m against Obama. I voted for him, and I wish him success as President. We will all suffer if he fails. (And thereby hangs another tale, perhaps for another day.)
But I can’t remember similar photo spreads for previous Prseidents-elect. And somehow I can’t imagine the same treatment for McCain and his family if he had won the election.
During the campaign, the New York Post used to chirp about media bias in favor of Obama. For my part, I found that the media (newspapers, TV news, etc.) was almost useless in helping to understand the positions of either candidate. For me, the best source of information was the debates, where the candidates were able to explain their positions at length themselves.
Although I don’t have the data, I believe that many journalists are liberals: they see misery in the world around them, and perhaps believe that the government should do something about it. But in this campaign, I didn’t see very much bias in reporting the substance: the details of both candidates’ plans were uniformly treated with disdain.
There is, however, a substantial bias in favor of the photogenic and the telegenic. On the Republican side, Sarah Palin seemed to snag far more news coverage than McCain. And on the Democratic side, Joe Biden, Obama’s running mate, was almost the steath candidate, appeaqring very infrequently in news reports.
I have to wonder what would have happened if the Democrats had nominated an elderly war hero, and the Republicans had nominated a charming, attractive young man….