ABC Reporter Acknowledges Media Bias Toward the President; Greg Gutfeld: 'Obama's Their Justin Bieber'
President Obama has been criticized for not taking enough questions from the correspondents who cover the White House. On Monday, the president made a surprise appearance at a White House press briefing, and immediately provided material for late night comic Jay Leno. Coincidentally, the reporter used in Leno’s joke was ABC correspondent Jake Tapper, who told radio host Laura Ingraham yesterday that the press may have given Obama a pass in 2008.
He told Ingraham, “I have said before that I thought the media helped tip the scales. You know, I didn’t think the coverage in 2008 was especially fair to either Hillary Clinton or John McCain.”
Today on The Five, Juan Williams spoke of his experience covering the Reagan
administration. He acknowledged that people talked about media bias but “the issue there was who had access and what you had to do to get access.”
Williams said that it’s always been known that more reporters are liberal than conservative, especially when it comes to newspaper owners, but he doesn’t think there’s anything shocking about that notion.
Andrea Tantaros called Jake Tapper’s comments insightful, and added to Williams’ point that reporters need access in order to keep their jobs. However, she said, “At the end of the day, they really believe this stuff. They really believe what [Obama’s] doing and so that’s why they don’t question it.”
Greg Gutfeld had a different, and in some ways harsher, analysis of the media, “All Obama is to the media is their Justin Bieber without the bangs. But the difference for the media and young girls -- young girls grow up, the media stays the same.”