Speaking of self-absorbed… Just got this e-mail from Romenesko with PoynterOnline — a site about media on the subject of media — with a link to a media site reporting on what media watchdog groups say about the media.
Did you follow that? You could leave out a couple of the "medias," and you’d still probably get the idea.
Anyway, Romenesko somewhat whimsically reported on both of the following at the same time:
- The conservative Media Research Center claims that not only do the media obsess about Obama, but "34 percent of the stories about Obama were positive and 5 percent negative. The rest were characterized as neutral."
- Set that alongside this report from the liberal Media Matters, telling us that "for more than a decade, John McCain has been the media’s favorite
politician. Even conservatives have long acknowledged that McCain
enjoys a special place in the hearts of the Washington press corps."
People see what they want to see, hear what they want to hear. I’ve had fun with these "media watchdog" groups on the blog before.
Want to know the truth? The "media" — to the extent that you can talk about anything so diverse and numerous — like Obama. They also, to the same extent, like McCain. The "favorite" of most media types won both parties’ nominating contests.
Hey, even I like ’em both — and I am very seldom in tune with the "collective wisdom" of the MSM.