Fox News Sunday, Rick Davis, campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, asserted that Gov. Sarah Palin would not be interviewed until "at which point in time we feel like the news media is going to treat her with some level of respect and deference." ABC News subsequently announced that World News anchor Charlie Gibson had secured the first television interview with Palin following her vice-presidential nomination, which is scheduled to air on September 11 and 12. Indeed, during a September 3 interview with McCain, Gibson posed no challenge to several of his false, contradictory, or dubious assertions. For example, Gibson did not challenge McCain on his false claim that when Palin became governor of Alaska, she said, "No more [earmarks] for my state"; Gibson offered no rebuttal to McCain's claim that Sen. Barack Obama has never "taken on the special interests in his party on a major issue"; and did not note that McCain previously reportedly had a different view from his current one of the relevance of a governor's experience presiding over his or her state's National Guard.
Gibson's framing during this election cycle has been incredibly biased, from his hand-wringing over how unfair it was that John McCain wasn't as popular as Barack Obama to his part in what was inarguably the worst debate of the Democratic primaries. But no one thinks twice about how this kind of biased reporting (more public relations than journalism) is actually hurting democracy by feeding false information to the general public.
It kills me that the Republicans can whine and play the victimization card they love so much and get Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews kicked off election coverage because they don't feel they get favorable coverage from them (no complaints about how unprofessional Joe Scarborough was, isn't that convenient?) Remember when Hillary Clinton complained about the coverage she got during the primaries (especially from Chris Matthews), the suits at MSNBC told her to suck it up or get out of the kitchen if she couldn't take the heat?