'Nightly News' Anchor: Pro-Obama Bias is 'In the Eye of the Beholder'

July 28th, 2008 5:26 PM

Is there a pro-Obama bias in the media? Only if you at it from a certain point-of-view according to "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams.

Despite allegations of just the opposite, the wall-to-wall coverage of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama's trip to the Middle East then to Europe wasn't a sign of bias - it was just the media attempting to "educate" according to Williams.

Williams appeared on CNBC's "Closing Bell" on July 28 to promote the broadcast of his interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be aired on the July 28 "NBC Nightly News." "Closing Bell" host Maria Bartiromo asked Williams if the media were treating Democratic presidential hopeful as a "darling." Williams dismissed the allegation.

"I think it is in the eye of the beholder," Williams said. "As I always say, there was that great New York clothier Sy Syms. We all grew up listening to those radio ads in the New York area and what did he used to say? ‘An educated consumer is our best customer.' The journalism needs to be judged on what we covered of that trip, how we covered it, what we said. It was a big story last week. The crowd I covered in Berlin was a big story, as was the visit to Paris and London and the Middle East before it."

Williams told Bartiromo the coverage of each would even out - even though the coverage was very light when presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain made his Middle Eastern trip with Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., back in March.

"So, I think it will all even out," Williams said. "We'll certainly approach the entire campaign with fairness. And obviously, we try to keep our coverage of Sen. McCain the same way."