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Media Coverage

"A year of intense media bias," a Chattanooga Free Press editorial originally published on January 2, 2007 (page 14).

Survey after survey has shown the liberalism of U.S. journalists — particularly those in the top ranks of their profession. Most Hollywood celebrities share those left-wing views. Yet it is still shocking to review examples of bias from the past year in the worlds of journalism and entertainment.

The Media Research Center, a watchdog group, has made that eye-opening task easier by presenting its 19 th annual "awards" for the most outrageous examples of bias. The Free Press editorial page was among 58 judges nationwide of the dubious "awards."

Here are some "winners" and runners-up:

"It wasn’t supposed to be this way.You weren’t supposed to be graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign land. You weren’t supposed to be graduating into a world where we are still fighting for fundamental human rights, whether it’s the rights of immigrants to start a new life, or the rights of gays to marry or the rights of women to choose. You weren’t supposed to be graduating into a world where oil still drove policy and environmentalists have to fight relentlessly for every gain. You weren’t. But you are. And for that, I’m sorry." — New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. at a commencement address in New York.

"Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam." — ABC’s "The View" co-hostess Rosie O’Donnell.

"Vote Democratic, Earn More." — U.S. News & World Report headline.

"We now face what our ancestors faced at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fearmongering: a government more dangerous to our liberty than is the enemy it claims to protect us from." — Keith Olbermann on MSNBC’s "Countdown."

"Cubans who have chosen to stay on the island, however, are quick to point out the positives: safe streets, a rich and accessible cultural life, a leisurely lifestyle to enjoy with family and friends." — Associated Press writer Vanessa Arrington.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer on school in totalitarian Communist North Korea: "It is a world away from the unruly individualism of any American school," she said, then reported a North Korean girl saying, "We are the happiest children in the world."

"Mikhail Gorbachev is generally regarded as the man who broke down the ‘Iron Curtain.’" — ABC’s Claire Shipman. (Actually, President Ronald Reagan, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and other Western advocates of freedom deserve the credit for toppling Soviet Communism.)

"We’re trying to protect ourselves with more weapons. We have to do it, I guess, but it might be better if we figured out how to behave as a nation in a way that wouldn’t make so many people in the world want to kill us." — CBS’s Andy Rooney.

"Obama seemed the political equivalent of a rainbow — a sudden preternatural event inspiring awe and ecstasy. ... He transcends the racial divide so effortlessly that it seems reasonable to expect that he can bridge all the other divisions — and answer all the impossible questions — plaguing American public life." — Time magazine’s Joe Klein on inexperienced Democrat Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

"No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush, says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people, millions support your revolution, support your ideas, and we are expressing our solidarity with you." — Singer Harry Belafonte on Marxist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who later used a U.N. forum in New York to call President Bush "the devil."

"Think global warming isn’t real? Ask Manny the Mammoth, Diego the Tiger or Sid the Sloth. The herd’s 88 happy minutes will melt away your out-of-theater cares while attesting that global warming is no snow job." — NBC film critic Gene Shalit’s review of the cartoon "Ice Age: The Meltdown." (The real Ice Age melted long before man was creating "greenhouse gases.")

And a rare admission: "I agree that the — whatever you want to call it, mainstream media — presents itself as unbiased when, in fact, there are built into it many biases and they are overwhelmingly to the left." — Former Washington Post reporter Thomas Edsall. He said there may be 15 to 25 media Democrats to one Republican.

A good New Year’s resolution, at least for journalists who claim to be objective, might be to live up to that claim in 2007.