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Or just reporting the reality of a really bad stretch for McCain and his party?

Plenty of views on this available at Politico‘s “Arena.”

Here’s one view on this topic, from a captain of industry:

In 2000, as the Florida returns were rolling into NBC election coverage and indicating that Al Gore was headed to victory, Katie Couric’s cheery countenance was on high beams. Just minutes later, as the more conservative panhandle precincts finally began arriving and the score reversed, Her Perkiness suddenly contracted food poisoning.

Here’s another, from a Harvard prof:

Blaming someone else, anyone else, for one’s own failings is a hallmark of losers. The media’s interest is in getting attention, and they do that by finding something new to say. There has been a lot of digging to uncover hidden facts about all 4 candidates. But when a candidate makes gaffes, he has only himself and his campaign to blame for the coverage. Already I imagine that the McCain campaign staff are trying to find anyone other than themselves who “caused” McCain’s loss, so they will be off the hook.

And here is what I view as the most persuasive point about this whole question of media political bias, courtesy of former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr.:

“The most common bias I find in our profession is the love of a good story…”