Forms of criticism:
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How Dems grew to hate the 'liberal media'
Gone are the days when only the right howled about bias and malice from network anchors and star political reporters. What began roughly a decade ago as frustration from Democrats over coverage of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment and adulterous escapades has morphed into an informally organized rapid response network, ready to pounce on any and all perceived media slights ...
Criticism from the left can take a variety of forms, including fact-checking, aggregating links and sometimes original reporting. ...
For instance, the liberal blogosphere became inflamed by Milbank’s July 30 column in which he wrote that Obama was shifting from “presumptive nominee” to “presumptuous nominee.” In that article, Milbank quoted Obama as saying in a meeting with House members that he had “become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.” The following day, additional context was revealed, indicating that Obama might actually have been speaking more humbly.
That the press faces criticism in the form of "fact checking" tells you all you need to know about how miserable journalism has become.
As with every other part of American consumerism, buyer beware. You're on your own.
Unfortunately, people don't do their homework before making up their minds.
We as a nation are functionally illiterate. If McCain wins, it means things haven't gotten bad enough for people to want change.