The media was not only biased, they were actively carrying water for Democrats, up to and including Dan Rather going as far as using known forgeries of Bush records to try to give John Kerry the 2004 elections.
We have had Chris Matthews' leg getting tingly, Keith Olbermann's brain going numb, Ed Schultz encouraging us to vote more than once to defeat Scott Brown, and the mixed nuts at Air America, Stuart Smalley, Janine Garofalo, and Randi Rhodes babbling about... something.
When cable news programs have someone like Arlen Specter or Olympia Snowe on as their "Republican" members of their panel, they are beyond far left.
This has all been changed by the internet. We now have Fox News, the Drudge Report, the Wall Street Journal, blogs, and social networking sites like Twitter. These entities are doing an end run around the fringe media and getting the truth out.
In the past the fringe media outlets would ignore transgressions by Dems or at least play them down and quietly move on. Now though, word is getting out on Drudge and Fox and then spreading like wildfire across the country on Twitter. Drudge (or Red State, or Townhall, or etc) runs a story, someone picks it up and tweats it, a lot of someone else's retweat it, each of those get retweated by a bunch more people and it turns into a wave across the country.
Today we are seeing the left get a taste of it's own medicine.
What used to be routine among the fringe media is that an accusation against a conservative would be made (true or not), it would be picked up by the rest of the industry and repeated until it became true. Then the kiss of death. The person in which the accusation is made against is asked if it is true, they of course deny it which naturally makes them look guilty. It's a trap without a way out.
We have Congressman Eric Massa (D-NY), a sleazy individual in his own right, making accusations about the Democratic leadership. He supposedly has been forced to resign because he was misusing the male congressional staff, which seems to have become quite a favorite pastime. His story though is that he was forced out because he was going to vote against the health care bill. His resignation makes it's passage a little easier although certainly not assured.
His is quite a steamy tale. From the House leadership ignoring his transgression until he became a liability, to the leadership ignoring far worse by other members, to a bizarre story of Rahm Emanuel playing a game of nude tag in the locker room.
Some of it may very well be true, my suspicion is that it is. Further, I think he made a good case for being forced out over his health care vote.
What is interesting though is how it is being covered.
In the past this story would not get much traction and would die a quiet death. The Dems could then get about the business of destroying the economy by passing their health care "reform".
This is not the past though. Fox, Drudge, etc picked it up, people tweated, and now the left are the ones answering questions and trying to clean up the mess:
Gibbs brushes off resigned congressman's complaint
Massa Drama: Democratic Congressman Muddles Rahm's Message
I don't know about you but to me these denials make them seem like they have something to hide.