"The media in our nation is free, people are able to say what they want to say," he said. "They don't have a responsibility to slant things my way or the other way. They have the right to slant things any way they wish."Let's review the record, just using the response of the traditional media to the various court rulings on the Affordable Care Act on its way to the Supreme Court. Steve Benen started tracking this when he was at the Washington Monthly, way back in February 2011. Here's a compilation of his tracking from August 2011 showing the very clear trend in the nation's leading papers for highlighting the stories of courts ruling against Obamacare, while burying those when the courts upheld it.
Still, he said the mainstream media was "by and large" supportive of Obamacare.
That's five front page stories in the Washington Post and New York Times for unfavorable rulings, versus seven buried stories for rulings upholding the law, and one that's entirely missing from WaPo. That's right, it didn't even report on one of the favorable rulings.
But it's not just Benen's back of the envelope tracking providing the evidence for the traditional media bias against Obamacare. The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism actually analyzed it and found: "Terms that were closely associated with opposition arguments, such as 'government run,' were far more present in media reports than terms associated with arguments supporting the bill, such as 'pre-existing conditions.'"
There's even a graph.