I'm going to guess that you do not think media favoritism played a roll in what the American people witnessed.
The media was firmly in Obama's camp from the start of his 2004 DNC appearance right on through to the current election. If someone from the GOP had been in control we would have heard nothing but how bad the economy really is.
This is an excerpt from an article I read today:
Burying the Bad Economy: Pundits agreed that Obamaâ€™s weakness was the failure of the US economy to revive after his expensive stimulus and four years of $1 trillion deficits. But the major networks failed to offer the sustained, aggressive coverage of the economy that incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush faced in 1992, or even that George W. Bush faced in 2004 â€” both years when the national economy was in better shape than it is now.
According to a study conducted that year by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, from January through September of 1992, the networks ran a whopping 1,289 stories on the economy, 88% of which painted it in a dismal, negative light. That fall, the unemployment rate was 7.6%, lower than todayâ€™s 7.9%, and economic growth in the third quarter was 2.7%, better than todayâ€™s 2.0%. Yet the media coverage hammered the idea of a terrible economy, and Bush lost re-election.
In 2004, the economy under George W. Bush was far better than it is today â€” higher growth, lower unemployment, smaller deficits and cheaper gasoline â€” yet network coverage that year was twice as hostile to Bush than it was towards Obama this year, according to a study by the Media Research Centerâ€™s Business and Media Institute.
When Republican presidents have faced reelection, network reporters made sure to spotlight economic â€śvictimsâ€ť â€” the homeless man, the woman without health insurance, the unemployed worker, the senior citizen who had to choose between medicine and food. But this year, with an economy as bad as any since the Great Depression, those sympathetic anecdotes have vanished from the airwaves â€” a huge favor to Obama and the Democrats.
Given Obamaâ€™s record, the Romney campaign could have overcome much of this media favoritism and still prevailed â€” indeed, they almost did. But taken together, these five trends took the mediaâ€™s historical bias to new levels this year, and saved Obamaâ€™s presidency in the process.