At 3:30 yesterday afternoon, CNN's Rick Sanchez described in exquisite detail how fair and balanced his network has been behaving during the 2008 Presidential election. Specifically, Rick pointed out that:
For the record, CNN has aired 22 reports from Alaska about Sarah Palin. We've aired 54 reports from Chicago about Obama, his minister, and other stories.
See? Contrary to our neanderthal conservative beliefs, CNN has been tougher on Obama than it has during its "vetting" of Republican VP Sarah Palin.
Of course, I think Rick might have left out a slight detail or two in his accounting of CNN's fairness.... (and you'll have to keep on reading to find out what it is!)
You see, Barack Obama has been campaigning for 19 months now. Which means that the network, by my math (54 stories divided by 19 months), put out a grand total of 0.6 "negative" stories about Barack Obama per week—or one every other week, if you ascribe to more "traditionalist" accounting.
On the other hand, Sarah Palin has only been involved in this election for 3 weeks. Which means that CNN's covered "negative" stories—22 stories divided by 3 weeks—about her 7.3 times per week.
Which, again by my math, makes it one negative story every single day.
Guess that's what CNN thinks it means to be an "unbiased observer" of the election.