Bozell on DeLay Bias: Beware the Death Watch
Brent Bozell tackled the problem of Tom DeLay bias in a column in April, especially on the way the media love to put the cart in front of the horse on ethics cases. Here was one of their unwritten rules:
Speculate like crazy, for the Death Watch is on. NBC highlighted how "some Republicans" are wondering if DeLay is harming the party, and maybe he’ll have a tougher re-election fight. This isn’t the reporting of today’s news. It’s an attempt to influence the next day’s news. On this count, at least CBS noted that even Democrats assume he’s not going anywhere soon. But too much political news is trying to set the stage for what’s next, and too little is based on what’s already established.