To start off, I've written about media bias before. In fact, there is a whole "linked" section to media bias write-ups on the right side of this blog: http://loudmouthelephant.blogspot.com/search/label/Media%20Bias. One of the most important write-ups is here: http://loudmouthelephant.blogspot.com/2012/07/obamas-most-powerful-surrogate-media.html. I've stated time and time again that the mainstream media, you know, the ones supposed to be reporting news and facts, is the most powerful, unchecked and unbalanced institution in America. If it reported news, it would be great. But unfortunately it has a lot of slant and spin. It's efforts are visible without even reading the content of the articles it puts forward (again, see the second link above). All the media has to do is publish headlines. If a reader logs on to say CNN.com or ABCNews.com three times a day, and all he/she sees is anti-Romney headlines, his/her mind will be swayed.
As the title of this post says, I have a challenge for any and all people who want to participate. Here are the rules (they are pretty simple):
Background: I'm tired of the rampant liberal spin by the mainstream media, and ABC News seems to be the most blatant offender as of late. They're not even hiding it anymore. From anti-Romney headlines to a smiling Obama next to a forlorn Romney picture, ABC New's pro-Obama position is out there for everyone to see. When I logged on to ABCNews.com this morning and saw the following headline, I realized I had to say something (click the image for an expanded view):
"Romney weaker than Obama"... "The Bain ad that Romney should fear." - Ugh... Regardless of its facts, regardless of the article's points, this is the headline, front-and-center article. If this was a once in a while thing... okay. Maybe it's just "news." But when this is all you see day after day, week after week (especially when there is other important, more significant news to report), a trend is noticed. In fact, I haven't seen any pro-Romney main headlines on this particular site. But, of course, I could be totally wrong. As a big believer in proof, however, I want to see it. My stance is that ABC news is very pro-Obama, and if it's not, I want to see it. The purpose of this challenge is to see how long it takes for ABC News to display the balance to its pro-Obama homepage.
The Challenge: Be the first to send me (via email to email@example.com) a screenshot of the ABCNews.com homepage when it actually has a pro-Romney article/headline/image as the main post. Just take a screen shot, save it as whatever file you'd like (MS paint, Word, etc), and email it in. Include the screen name that'd you'd like displayed (anything that makes it to The Elephant in the Room is always depersonalized), and that's about it. I will judge all entries to ensure they fit the description, and the first one I receive will win.
A Side Challenge: Predict the date of the winning entry (this is the date that ABC News actually displays something, not the date that it makes it to The Elephant in the Room). For example, if ABC News displays a pro-Romney article/headline/image on August 4th, but it doesn't make it to The Elephant in the Room until August 6th, the August 4th date predictor is the winner. Submit your entries in the comments section. This is just for fun.
The Prize: A loudmouthelephant.com mug! (Whoopie!) Check it out:
If you are the winner, you will receive a notification email that you have won. The email will simply ask for a shipping address that the prize can be sent to. There will only be one winner, and this contest will go on until someone has claimed the prize.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email in directly or ask them in the comments section below. Happy hunting!