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Now, it's time for your "No sh*t, Sherlock" study of the day! A new study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs reaffirms what we have known for years...the media favors liberals.

The study focuses on media bias in the upcoming election. Has the media favored Democrats over Republicans in their reporting? Have they tried to show Democrats in the best possible light while simultaneously showing Republicans in the worst possible light? Let's look at the study. Here's how
USA Today covered the findings:

"Network news coverage has favored Democratic candidates in the midterm election, and the page scandal involving former congressman Mark Foley has been the main story line, drawing almost as much coverage as Iraq and terrorism combined, a new study finds.

An analysis by the Center for Media and Public Affairs of midterm election stories aired on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts Sept. 5-Oct. 22 found that 2006's coverage has been almost five times as heavy as in the 2002 midterm elections: 167 stories, compared with 35 four years ago.

The study found that three out of four evaluations of Democratic candidates' chances of winning — such as sound bites — were positive, compared with one out of eight for Republicans. Coverage has been dominated by two major themes: the effects of the Foley scandal, and the impact the Bush presidency is having on the party's congressional candidates.

The Foley scandal produced 59 stories alone, compared with 33 on Iraq and 31 on terrorism/national security issues. “What's hurting Republican candidates is the media's focus on two non-candidates: Mark Foley and George W. Bush,” says center director Robert Lichter."

Case closed.

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