My wife was quite upset this morning, and talking about "fasting" from the news - interesting phrase, that. She has been listening to the reporting about whether Romney's "47%" comment was accurate, and how the fact-checking has gone, etc. But it has not been the content of the discussion that has upset her. Good points on both sides, there. It is the sneering, condescending, openly-siding-with-Obama's-interests tone that has infuriated her.
We have been comfortable enough with Romney, though not especial fans. We seldom put up signs in our yard anyway. But we're getting a Romney/Ryan sign.
These reporters don't hear it. They really have no idea how much they telegraph what they believe is the proper view for you to take. And a lot of Americans remain heavily influenced by these tones, while congratulating themselves that they are actually responding to content. The media is not always intentionally trying to manipulate them. Some are. But this is part of our social wiring, to speak and respond in certain ways in order to get our way; forms of bullying and wheedling. Fish. Lure. Automatic unless you fight against it. But those who insist it's not happening will never fight against it.
Conservatives use these tones without realising it as well - I have heard them from Christians, I regret to report - but not on the news.