"The Sherrod story is a reminder — much like the 2004 assault on John Kerry by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth — that the old media are often swayed by controversies pushed by the conservative new media. In many quarters of the old media, there is concern about not appearing liberally biased, so stories emanating from the right are given more weight and less scrutiny. Additionally, the conservative new media, particularly Fox News Channel and talk radio, are commercially successful, so the implicit logic followed by old-media decisionmakers is that if something is gaining currency in those precincts, it is a phenomenon that must be given attention. Most dangerously, conservative new media will often produce content that is so provocative and incendiary that the old media find it irresistible."
-- Time magazine's Mark Halperin (astonishingly), stating the incredibly obvious but rarely admitted
How many times have I specifically used the word "overcompensation" when talking about the supposed liberal media's treatment of politically divisive issues? Likewise, how many times have I said that the press has only one true bias: conflict?
(via Cesca and Media Matters)