Last week, I posted a blog entry analyzing a poll from Rasmussen Reports which shows that a majority of voters believe that the major networks' election coverage is biased. Today, the respected Pew Center released a study that also concludes that the election reporting has been skewed -- in favor of Obama. Unlike the Rasmussen study, which relied upon the opinions of viewers, the Pew Center study scrutinizes the content of the coverage and considers whether it is positive, negative or neutral.
The study finds that compared to previous elections, Obama has received a standard amount of positive coverage, but has not received much at all in terms of negative coverage. McCain and Palin, however, have received negative coverage that exceeds the amount in most election cycles. What about Joe Biden? The study finds that he is an afterthought. The Pew Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism conducted the study. It is definitely worth reading, especially if you tend to think the media have fallen into an abyss.