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January 13, 2009

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Granting Brendan's claim that Obama's press conferences are only a little more structured, than Bush's, the article gave additional arguments in support of its thesis that the press corps is treating Obama better than they treated Bush:

-- With Obama, the press corps are deferential, eager to please, prepared to keep a careful distance, whereas Bush was treated roughly, e.g., by Sam Donaldson.

-- Journalists eagerly vie with one another for the favor of Obama, unlike their behavior with Bush.

-- The press corps is not asking Obama tough questions; they're playing a subservient role.

Also, the different media treatment goes comes not just from reporters but from editors as well. E.g., my local paper today has a front page story focusing only on mistakes Bush admitted in his press conference. His successes are relegated to some inside page.

During the campaign, there was a lot of media bias for Obama. It will be interesting to see whether the media continue that favorable treatment once he's in office.

I'm sure the media's true bias (sensationalism) will shine through in a few months, David. Right now, Obama's just the new kid.

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