If a Network Anchor falls in the forest and no one hears him, is he still biased?
Now for a modern twist on the philosophical puzzle questioning if a tree falls in the forest but no one hears it does the tree still make a sound?
If a presidential candidate takes a trip but the MSM ignore it did the trip occur? If a presidential candidate makes a mistake but the MSM ignores it did said candidate make a mistake? Last month John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, traveled to the Mideast. Next week Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, is planning to visit there.
But the similarity ends there. For instance, as Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post noted
The three network anchors will travel to Europe and the Middle East next week for Barack Obama's trip, adding their high-wattage spotlight to what is already shaping up as a major media extravaganza.
John McCain has taken three foreign trips in the past four months, all unaccompanied by a single network anchor.
McCain's trip received only four full-length stories during the combined ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news program coverage. Three of those stories were on NBC's "Nightly News," one of which focused on McCain's mistaken comment about Iran funding Al Qaeda in Iraq. ABC's "World News" did only one full-length story on McCain's Iraq trip, which mentioned the gaffe. The CBS "Evening News" was by far the worst, devoting only 31 words, a grand total of 10 seconds, to the Republican nominee's Iraq visit during the entire week of evening news coverage.