MRC's Graham Discusses Newsweek Columnist's Discovery: Media Infatuated with Obama

<div style="float: right"><object width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=ydaGkU4zSU&amp;c1=0xFB9006&... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=ydaGkU4zSU&amp;c1=0xFB9006&... allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194"></embed></object></div>Appearing on the June 3 &quot;America's Newsroom&quot; program, Graham discussed Newsweek economics columnist Robert Samuelson's gripe that the media's &quot;Obama infatuation is a great unreported story of our time.&quot;  <p>Samuelson &quot;is a reasonable guy&quot; who &quot;has got to know that we've had years of pro-Obama bias, and certainly in the pages of his own magazine, where there are syrupy pictures of Barack and/or Michelle almost weekly,&quot; Media Research Center (MRC) Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham told &quot;America's Newsroom&quot; host Bill Hemmer. [<a href="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/06/2009-06-03-FNC-Grah... target="_blank">audio available here</a>]</p><p>Graham added: </p><blockquote><!--break--><p>I don't think one column is going to change the fact that we have an overwhelming media bias in favor of Obama. </p><p><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/06/2009-06-03-FNC-Grah... alt="Tim Graham | NewsBusters.org/MRC.org" vspace="3" width="240" align="right" border="0" height="180" hspace="3" />What Samuelson says here is important in that he's suggesting we've a lot of big programs here with a lot of big price tags and it would be nice if we had a news media that tried to hold the policymakers accountable and ask them tough questions about how much this is going to cost. That, I don't think, is what Newsweek and people like Jon Meacham the editor of Newsweek see their role as being.</p><p>I think you go back to what Chris Matthews said before the president was inaugurated. They see their job as helping Obama succeed. I don't think that's the same thing as helping the readers understand the world. </p></blockquote>

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