I am shocked, just shocked, to find out that the main stream media is falling down on the job of covering the 2008 election. From the Project for Excellence in Journalism [via Krugman] :

In the early months of the 2008 presidential campaign, the media had already winnowed the race to mostly five candidates and offered Americans relatively little information about their records or what they would do if elected, according to a comprehensive new study of the election coverage across the media.

My executive summary: Journalists are lazy and biased. It is of little solace that they are more lazy than biased. Read the whole article for all the depressing details.