Conservatives are always complaining about liberal bias in the media, and rightfully so. This bias always escalates during presidential election campaigns.
Yet never before has there been an election with nearly this much potential for inspiring a substantial backlash against the media, expressed in the privacy the voting booth.
Here are the five main reasons why this is so:
1. For fifteen years, Bill and Hillary Clinton were the darlings of the liberal mainstream media.
Yet when Barack Obama started gaining momentum, the media ditched Bill and Hillary at the curb and went speeding off to lover's lane with their new flame.As a result, many Democrats who are loyal to the Clintons got a taste of the kind of media bias that Republicans have had to deal with for ages. The fact that the media accused the likes of Bill Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro of being racists perfectly illustrates just how surreal things have gotten.
2. The media has had to work four times as hard as they usually do to protect Obama, and it's no wonder why.
They've never been faced with the task of promoting a Democrat candidate with so little experience, so few accomplishments, and so many stories that they've had to suppress that show Obama in a negative light. The acrobatics that the media has had to perform on Obama's behalf is like something out of Ringling Brothers Circus. The efforts that they had to make on behalf of Clinton, Gore, and Kerry were like a game of hopscotch by comparison.
3. The international media went into a rapture over Obama.
They told us Americans that putting Obama in the White House would go a long way towards atoning for our rottenness. They also told us that if we failed to elect Obama that we would suffer eternal damnation.
4. When John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his VP, it angered the media for several reasons.
First of all, they never heard of her, so they had to scramble to dig up dirt on her. Secondly, as a female conservative, she was automatically viewed as an apostate. But most troubling of all is the fact that Palin energized the conservative base, which up to that point had been very lukewarm towards McCain. Within a few days, it was clear the the media was willing to work just as hard in an effort to destroy Palin, as they were willing to work to protect Obama.
5. With only a month and a half to go until the election, America suffered it's greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression.
Instead of the media doing it's duty and giving the public the who, what, where, and when about the culprits for this crisis, they engaged in a shameful coverup in order to propel Obama over the finish line. Yet the truth is slowly seaping out.
The media is correct about one thing, though. There really is a lot of anger hanging in the air at these McCain/Palin rallies.
Actually, it's a combination of frustration and anger.
Conservatives are frustrated with John McCain. They're frustrated because he is letting himself be cowed by political correctness. They're also frustrated because he has missed many opportunites to score points against Obama. McCain has been landing minor jabs to Obama's upper body, when he's had several chances to knock Obama's block off. But the anger that these conservatives feel is aimed squarely at the media. They don't like Obama, but they can't blame the guy for getting away with what he's been able to get away with, especially when everyone is making it so easy for him.
Many conservatives say that they feel like they're voting for Palin and against Obama, more than they're voting for McCain. I suspect that they're actually voting against the media more than anything else. Obama is just one man, and his time in politics will come and go. Whereas the media is a constant, and it has clearly hit an all time low. There are plenty of Hillary Clinton supporters with similar sentiments.
We hear a lot of talk about the Bradley effect, but hardly a word about the potential for an anti-media backlash effect. At this point, we don't know how significant it will be. But here's what we do know......this election is different.