Weasel Worthy: Media Insiders Worry About Their Own Bias

There is less than one week left before the nation elects a new President and the race is still to close to call according to some polls.

The gap between Barack Obama and John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Saturday through Monday has narrowed slightly, and Obama is now at 49% of the vote to 47% for McCain among likely voters using Gallup’s traditional model, and at 51% to 44% using Gallup’s expanded model.

The ever tightening gap underscores points that pundits made in the weeks leading up to this point: the credibility of the pollsters is on the line so expect the wide gaps in favor of Obama to disappear because the pollsters can’t allow their reputations to suffer from their own biases.

The following submissions have been submitted by the Watchers Council in recognition of the last weasely gasp before the election.

Following the submissions I continued discussing the recap of the week in review.

Council Submissions

Non-Council Submissions

Much like the pollsters the rest of the mainstream media is bracing themselves for the fallout from their obvious bias in favor of Barack Obama. The American public is not oblivious to the journalistic malfeasance that has just been witnessed and some insiders are starting to speak out.

Time Magazine’s editor Mark Halperin  appeared on television and bemoaned the institutional bias that undercut the credibility of the entire profession.

MARK HALPERIN (Editor at large, Time) : History and the story is just- it’s great for us. It’s been great for us. He’s a great story. But I think, I think mistakes have been made and people- and people will regret it.

ABC News columnist Michael Malone is embarrassed to call himself a journalist.

The traditional media are playing a very, very dangerous game — with their readers, with the Constitution and with their own fates.

The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling. And over the last few months I’ve found myself slowly moving from shaking my head at the obvious one-sided reporting, to actually shouting at the screen of my television and my laptop computer.

But worst of all, for the last couple weeks, I’ve begun — for the first time in my adult life — to be embarrassed to admit what I do for a living. A few days ago, when asked by a new acquaintance what I did for a living, I replied that I was “a writer,” because I couldn’t bring myself to admit to a stranger that I’m a journalist

The fallout is already taking shape. Time Inc. announced it will eliminate 600 jobs starting next week, a 6% reduction in their workforce. At the same time NY Times Inc. is being reduced to junk bond status, Radar magazine’s print edition folded and newspapers across the country are taking massive hits.

Perhaps this is why so many in the media seem opposed opposed to the idea of free markets. It is obvious that market forces may bring about the change that shame could not.