I am "the media." I was a newspaper reporter for 17 years and now publish a music magazine. I'm here to tell you all that for every Jayson Blair (the infamous New York Times story fabricator) and Mike Barnicle (who left the Globe in disgrace), there are thousands of honest, unbiased, apolitical print journalists doing their best to present the truth in objective fashion. So stop painting "the media" with a broad brush of condemnation as agents of the liberal agenda. I worked for five different newspapers in my career and observed none of what is constantly being demonized here. In fact, one newspaper I worked for was staunchly REPUBLICAN in its editorial philosophy (opinion pages). Just the same, that never filtered down from the publisher's office through editors to the reporters in their news reporting. I cannot speak for television/radio as I have no experience with those branches of the media. But I can tell you, having worked in the print news business, that credibility hinges on objectively and thoroughly reporting both sides of a story. Most men and women in newspapers and magazines are honest, hard-working people who embrace their professional responsibility to report the news fairly and accurately. A lot of folks in this forum make the mistake of confusing "opinion" (columnists, editorials) with "news." While columnists and editorial writers are obliged to support their opinions with factual evidence, opinion remains apart from the news and by its very nature invites charges of bias. That's as it should be. My suggestion to anyone who really wants to know what's going on in the world is to check out the Associated Press wires online and/or AP stories in your local paper. AP services are used by pretty much every newspaper in the country and are free of political spin. The news, and nothing but the news.