"No wonder Republicans are livid with the early coverage of the 2012 general election campaign," reads a line in Politico's much-discussed, indirectly argued story today headlined "To GOP, blatant bias in vetting."
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The bias complaints in the piece are ostensibly coming from the mouths of Republicans, but the premise of the article is that in fact Mitt Romney has come in for rougher treatment that Barack Obama this cycle, with particular attention paid to The Washington Post's handling of pieces about Obama and Romney when they were in high school. (The Obama story, which ran inside the paper, wasn't new, and had leaked and gone viral by the time the Post got around to printing it; the Romney story had never been reported before, and Politico extensively covered it after it broke.)
The piece also talks about pro-Obama bias at The New York Times.
The lead quote in the story comes from the former governor and longtime Republican operative and lobbyist Haley Barbour, who says, “The New York Times has given Obama the longest wet kiss in political history, and they have done him a favor again."