The quality of the reporting of the recent ACORN debacle reaffirms to many of us what we know: the media is terribly biased, so much so that many view it as the public relations arm of the DNC. No longer serving the interest of the public, it advances the interests of the DNC.

On one end of the spectrum we have Glenn Beck of Fox News presenting facts about certain community and labor based organizations and its leadership and its relationship to the President. The reporting serves all of us in helping us understand how these organizations may have influenced the outcome of the last election through years perhaps decades of preparation through community organization campaigns intended to shape the thinking required to support a presidential candidate who shares or advances the same thinking fomented by these organizations.

Reporting on ACORN, Glenn Beck aired video showing staffers giving advice to a pair of investigative reporters posing as a pimp and a prostitute to help them set up a prostitution business using underage girls. The videos show the staffers telling them how to fill out the paperwork so it looks legal – all while using our tax dollars to do so.

On the other end we have a time honored institution such as the New York Times who cannot see the merits of reporting on the investigative reporting of ACORN conducted by the pair of 20-somethings using a budget of $1800 dollars.

When the Senate voted to cut off all federal funds to Acorn, there was not a word in the newspaper or on its Web site. When the New York City Council froze all its funding for Acorn and the Brooklyn district attorney opened a criminal investigation, there was still nothing.

On September 16, 2009, nearly a week after the first video was aired, The Times took note of the controversy, under the headline, “Conservatives Draw Blood From Acorn, Favored Foe.” The article said that conservatives hoped to weaken the Obama administration by attacking its allies and appointees they viewed as leftist. The conservatives thought they had a “winning formula,” the article said, mobilizing people “to dig up dirt,” then trumpeting it on talk radio and television.

The NYT report stressed the politics of the situation and eclipsed questions about an organization whose employees in city after city participated in conversations about illegal and immoral activities. (Acorn suggested some videos were doctored but fired or suspended many of the employees.)

One of the above is fact-based reporting. The other is baseless editorializing.

Accuracy of reporting translates into loyal readers and viewers.

As of September 2009 nearly two-thirds – 63 percent – of Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press believe that news stories are often inaccurate. That’s a flip from when Pew first asked that question in 1985, when 34 percent of respondents believed stories were frequently inaccurate.

Pew also found that 74 percent of respondents believe stories tend to favor one side of an issue over another, up from 66 percent two years ago.

“If people believe that news reports are often biased, they will say they’re inaccurate,” said Andrew Kohut, the Pew center’s director

With the fact that seventy-eight percent of Republicans said the press was politically biased, compared with 50 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of independents, it makes you wonder if half the Democrats have indeed been brainwashed, unable to see a difference.

You can read about media bias and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll here.

It should be no surprise why Fox News slaughters CNN and MSNBC in ratings.