FLASHBACK: An Elec­tion So Biased, Even the Media Had to Admit It

FLASHBACK: An Election So Biased, Even the Media Had to Admit It

Fif­teen years ago today, Novem­ber 4, 2008, Amer­i­can vot­ers elect­ed lib­er­al Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sen­a­tor Barack Oba­ma to the Pres­i­den­cy. It was a cam­paign in which the pub­lic rec­og­nized the media elite’s tremen­dous favoritism towards Oba­ma, and even many reporters admit­ted the cov­er­age had been slant­ed against the Repub­li­cans.
Tilt­ing the news in favor of their pre­ferred can­di­date may have been a show of the media’s pow­er, but it also accel­er­at­ed the decline in pub­lic trust that jour­nal­ists once enjoyed. In 2003, more than half of all Amer­i­cans (54%) told Gallup they had “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in the media, vast­ly more than the 16 per­cent who said they had “none at all.”
Five years lat­er, after the spec­ta­cle of reporters’ brazen­ly one-sided cov­er­age of a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, only 43 per­cent said they had “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in the media — an 11-point drop — while those who had no trust at all had risen to 21 per­cent. This year, that same poll sho …