In response to a reporter's question today, Stephen Harper actually said, that despite the media not spending enough time on policies, he felt that "overall", the media coverage this election had been "balanced". Harper first looked over to Prentice and others on his left, paused, and with a hint of a smile, gave his judgement on the media.
If ever there was proof of media bias, then an endorsement by their arch enemy is it. If Harper admits balance, that means he is happy with the coverage, that means he and his handlers are content. Contrast that with Dion supporters trying to shout down the media today, and you see why Harper is satisfied. A politician only sees an objective media when he/she is having their way, when they are getting soft ball treatment, when they see a benefit.
As far as I'm concerned, the Harper verdict is the clearest evidence yet that my perceptions aren't merely those of a bitter partisan, too invested to be objective. Stephen Harper is fine with the media coverage translates to "thanks for the free pass" and "thanks for savaging the other guy". If the guy that has instinctual hatred from the media is giving them their due, you know something has gone astray.