In an extraordinary spectacle, a number of Barack Obama supporters attack John McCain’s military service. It ranges from Gen. Wesley Clark saying that a pilot locked up in a North Vietnamese cage for five years doesn’t have executive military experinece like generals at their desks to the 1960s peaceniks who revive the “baby-killer” libel against Vietnam Vets. That’s news, right? An example of going negative on an issue that McCain supporters assumed would be one of his strengths?
Here is a tip for identifying media bias, one that comes from the study of literature: Notice the POINT OF VIEW of a story; that is, not just the ideas as such, but, as in literature, the character through whose mind everything is presented. Who is the “us” and who is the “them”?