A conservative media watchdog organization has little reason to
doubt that the mainstream media will deem tonight's presidential
debate a victory for President Obama, no matter how well Mitt
After reviewing the last several campaigns, the Media Research
Center (MRC) has found a clear trend of network reporters
fawning over the performance of liberal candidates, while harping
on any perceived weakness or gaffs from conservatives.
Tim Graham, MRC's director
of media analysis, says one of the most reliable pro-Democratic
pundits is ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
"He tends to come out of every debate praising the Democratic
nominee for dominating the debate or for nailing the questions,"
Graham notes. "So they can count on people like Stephanopoulos to
try to raise expectations or raise opinions of the Democratic
candidate every time they come out."
But there is a risk for Obama.
"Everyone remembers Al Gore's sign in the debates in 2000, like
Here goes that idiot Bush again trying to unload an
answer," the MRC media analysis director recalls. "The people
at home thought that was extremely arrogant. That is exactly the
risk Obama has, that his natural arrogance is going to come through
and the voters are going to sense it."
But as far as the media goes, Graham asserts it is a foregone
conclusion: "Obama's going to get an 'A' regardless of what