Monday, August 09, 2004

Updated on August 9 at 1:00 am

There they go again, the local mainstream media can’t help but give the liberals an edge over conservatives. Local ABC-7 Reporter Ben Bradley, who is generally fairly balanced in his reporting and gave a fairly balanced report of Sunday’s rally in Arlington Heights of the Republicans and their U. S. Senate Candidate Ambassador Keyes on tonight’s 10:00 ABC local news, couldn’t quite help himself from giving more favorable treatment to Barack, when Bradley told us:

“…Illinois voters will have a very clear choice in this election. There will be no scrambling for the middle ground [or] little parsing of words. This is a race between a liberal Democrat and an arch conservative…”

Why not, “between a liberal Democrat and a conservative Republican.” What is it that has led Bradley to conclude that Obama is less liberal than Keyes is conservative? Perhaps he will tell us sometime, but I don’t think he did last night. Until he does, why not describe the race as between an arch liberal and an arch conservative. Or, drop the arch in both cases.

Jeff Berkowitz, host and producer of “”Public Affairs,” can be reached at