Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Double Standard? Hypocritical? Media Bias?

Here's some of the article from Fox News; (Emphasis mine) Us Weekly Cover Blasts Sarah Palin, but for the Obamas It’s a Cakewalk
BY Jana Winter

The popular celebrity gossip magazine Us Weekly has jumped into the political ring, feet first, with a scathing article about Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

On its most recent cover, due out on newsstands Friday, the magazine shows a picture of Palin with the headline, “Babies, Lies & Scandal” — a marked contrast from its gushing review of Barack and Michelle Obama that ran two months ago.

Critics say this cover, which was released a day ahead of Palin’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, is a sucker punch aimed at the GOP ticket, and is a blatant attempt to influence the votes of the magazine’s 12 million mostly female readers.

Us Weekly publisher Jann Wenner is an outspoken supporter of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

“When you look at this Palin cover and contrast it with the super-friendly story on Obama, it’s hard not to see that they’re clearly biased,” said Jane Hall, associate professor at the American University School of Communication. “It’s not fair and it’s also offensive. I think that they are going to be offensive to many people regardless of whether you’re for Sarah Palin or not.”

Us Weekly’s June 19 cover featured a photo of the Obamas with the headline, “Michelle Obama: Why Barack Loves Her.” In smaller print: “
She shops at Target, Loved Sex and the City, and never misses the girls’ recitals. The untold romance between the down-to-earth mom and the man who calls her ‘my rock.’”

In contrast, this week’s Palin cover shows the Alaskan governor cradling her baby Trig in her arms. The captions: “Under attack, admits her daughter, 17, is pregnant. Investigated for firing of sister’s ex-husband. Mom of five: New embarrassing surprises.”


Blogger Mac McLernon said...

Off topic, Cavey, but you've been tagged

2:56 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Of course there's no bias in the media.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

It. will. backfire!! Trust me...

6:51 PM  
Blogger Mary Rose said...

Did you check out US Mag's site? They have an online poll about whether Sarah Palin's daughter's pregnancy will affect a person's vote for her.

90.91% said no.

Whether it means a person already decided to vote against her or someone honestly saying they'd vote for Palin regardless - the results make Palin look good.

Take that, Jann Wenner.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Subvet said...

The media in bed with the Obama camp. Who'd a thunk it?

7:56 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Geez Cavey, next you're going to tell me muslims are trying to Islamicize the world. sarcasm off

11:53 AM  
Blogger Coffee Catholic said...


And what gives with constantly dragging "babies" into this anyway?? Oh wait... I live in the baby-hating Culture of Death. I shouldn't be surprised. Notice how the magazine had to point out, "Mother of five..." Next they'll be saying that she's ruining the Earth by having more then one kid!

3:38 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

I knew these people were vicious but they're so obviously working for Obama it's like a Twilight Zone episode without good ole Rod Serling to make sense of it all at the end.

6:54 PM  

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