Westerhold's admission of newsroom bias but claiming reporting objectivity (Oct. 12, 2008) is in need of direct rebuttal. A colleague of greater consequence, Walter Cronkite, claimed objectivity in his autobiography, "A Reporter's Life", but the reader wades through undeniable condescension to the public he claims to serve. He admits a personal doubt that an electorate educated in the present U.S. public system could elect leadership capable of sustaining a Democracy.
Dan Rather made demoting fellow Democrat and T.V. news reporter Bernard Goldberg sufficiently unbearable to end in Goldberg's resignation. Impetus for these retributions was writing the book "Bias" in which Goldberg claims a right of the readership to know the above ratio influences all reporting; Goldberg contends that ratio is more closely 9 of 10. Rather did not claim inaccuracy, only the admission to the public as unforgivable.
Truth is not a part of media dissemination and today's electorate are held in contempt by journalists commissioned to convey truth. "Negative Campaigning" is the result of the media failing to do its job.
Referencing the Congressional Record with objectivity should have brought forth Barney Frank's 2003 quote "These two entities--Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--are not facing any kind of financial crisis," and the New York Times article published Sept. 11, 2003, stating that "indeed it was Bush who wanted more and tighter regulation" when Nancy Pelosi recently accused Republican administrative oversight as being at fault for the banking crisis.
The media and its allies in the Democrat Party are socialist and do not understand the effect of government removal (taxes) of productive assets from the system of private enterprise; both promote the electorate's ignorance, and neither are held accountable for their words.