How does establishment media bias shape the theme of presidential elections?

Most veteran conservatives have long known that television personalities and major newspaper reporters give far more political donations to Democrats than Republicans, with almost no donations at all to genuine conservatives. The Washington Examiner reported in 2010 that, according to a Center for Responsive Politics survey about employees donations in 2008 at the three major news networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS), “The Democratic total of $1,020,816 was given by 1,160 employees’ of the three major broadcast television networks, with an average contribution of $880. By contrast, only 193 of the employees contributed to Republican candidates and campaign committees, for a total of $142,863. The average Republican contribution was $744.” This corresponds with earlier studies of the party registration of major media personalities and reporters conducted by the Media Research Center.

Following a failed presidential bid that raised some doubts about her political future, U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced January 25 that she will run for a fourth term in Congress. Bachmann dropped out of the GOP presidential race after placing a dismal sixth in the January 3 Iowa caucuses, and observers had speculated that she may trade in her political career to work the lecture circuit and conservative talk media. But in an interview with the Associated Press she confirmed that she was looking forward to coming back and bringing a strong, powerful voice to Washington, D.C.

Judge Robert Blackburn (left) of the U.S. District Court of Colorado ruled on Monday that a defendant must decrypt her laptop computer so that prosecutors can open the files containing data they need to complete building their case against her.

“The United Nations does extraordinary good around the world — feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, mending places that have been broken. But it also struggles to enforce its will, and to live up to the ideals of its founding. I believe that those imperfections are not a reason to walk away from this institution — they are a calling to redouble our efforts. The United Nations can either be a place where we bicker about outdated grievances, or forge common ground; a place where we focus on what drives us apart, or what brings us together; a place where we indulge tyranny, or a source of moral authority. In short, the United Nations can be an institution that is disconnected from what matters in the lives of our citizens, or it can be an indispensable factor in advancing the interests of the people we serve.”

There has been a great deal of recent controversy surrounding the alleged presence of a portrait of Saul Alinsky (left) at the White House, an accusation put forward by GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. Thus far, the White House has sidestepped the issue, failing to give a clear indication of whether or not the portrait exists.

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