Study: Network morning programs show heavy bias toward Democrats

From Chad Groening, Jody Brown and One News Now.

“A media watchdog organization says while the liberal media’s biased coverage of presidential campaigns is nothing new, a recent study has revealed numbers that were quite astounding.

The Media Research Center (MRC) has released a report called “Rise and Shine on Democrats” which documents the coverage of more than 500 campaign segments aired this year on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s The Early Show, and NBC’s Today. Summarizing its findings, MRC says the three morning shows are “dramatically tilting” their coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign in favor of the Democratic Party.

The study found that from January 1 through July 31, those programs offered nearly twice as much coverage of the Democrats (55% to 29%), were three times as likely to have a Democratic candidate as a on-air guest, and confronted both parties with what MRC describes as “an overwhelmingly liberal agenda.” In addition, media favorite Al Gore — an undeclared liberal candidate — garnered more stories than either officially announced GOP candidates Rudy Giuliani or Mitt Romney.

Tim Graham, director of media analysis at MRC, says while a liberal bias in the coverage of presidential campaigns is nothing new, the results of the study still surprised him. “I think we were surprised at the idea that the Democrats were getting twice as much time as the Republican candidates for president on these morning shows,” says Graham.”

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