The Washington Times - July 14, 2013, 07:00PM

The partisan slant in the media has been pondered and parsed since word got out in the 1990s that, uh, most journalists were liberal and brought their ideology into the newsroom. Media bias, has become a behemouth rather than a nuisance - growing bold and reckless in the era of 24/7 coverage and shrill competition between news organizations for audience.

Most recently, blatant media sins have emerged during the George Zimmerman trial. Much of the sensational coverage was deemed “pornography” by Roger L. Simon, founder of Pajamas Media. And of course, the political side of media bias is ever present.

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Which brings us to “In Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election - and How to Stop Them from Doing it in 2016”, written by Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell and Tim Graham, director of media analysis for the conservative watchdog.

The pair carefully document their claim that the left-leaning press made an “unprecedented” effort to censor news, bash Republicans and craft a fairytale narrative for Democrats to ensure President Obama won re-election.

“There is no question that the media fully invested in Barack Obama and played a major role in his 2008 election victory through biased news reporting. The media’s role in Obama’s 2012 re-election, however, goes far beyond bias, Mr. Bozell says.

“The liberal media systematically undertook a campaign of character assassination against every single Republican candidate while pushing the narrative that the Obama White House was scandal-free.”

It’s the worst Mr. Bozell has seen in the last 25 years, he says, adding, “We never witnessed bias that severe.”

“The press have gone from the right to know to the right to keep people in the dark. Until the liberal media’s suppression of the facts is exposed and neutralized, Republicans can forget about ever winning another election,” observes Mr. Graham.