Mark, if you listen to any politician, they will claim they ared doing the best to keep their side to keep voting. If they thought they were behind and hopless, they may not go.
Canada has different views on free speech, they don't allow propaganda or known false statements to be broadcast there, that said, Fox News is not allowed in Canada due to their history of misstatements. Fox is obviously the far right propoganda machine, some on the right swear it's nothing but the truth. Maybe on of of neighbors up there can chime in on this but that's the way I understand it, it was reported on the regular news that Fox had been banned some years ago. So, if you want real and trustworthy news, Fox is not the place to get it. They do have great sports coverage.
MSNBC is the voice of the left. Some reporters/shows are better than others. They too stretch reality to make their point. However, I watch Early Morning Joe, Joe Scoroburh (sp?) he was a Republican congressman. A regular on MSNBC is Michael Steele, former chairman of the RNC, so you do get a balanced voice on Morning Joe. He is not the only Repub on the network, there are others, so you do get talking points of both sides but it certainly is center and left.
CNN has been a favorite of mine best world coverage, but they were purchased and is turning into a milder Fox. NBC is the parent of MSNBC, but you'll see the difference in the stories covered rather than a pure political view. CBS and ABC, I sometimes watch and they too shift to the coverage rather than any clear politically slanted position. IMO So, NBC, CBS and ABC should all be viewed considering the information out there and compared at hand. PBS is probably the best down the center in delevering a broader based news coverage. But PBS usually covers, at least when I see it, a few stories and they drill down much deeper than the commercial stations, you'll find them all over the place.
Local news is usually owned by regional or local station owners and their political views will mirror the owners' views, IMO. Our local stations in my area are all right leaning as is the population here.
Newspapers follow the bias of the owners as well. The Springfield News Leader here is called the Springfield News Misleader by most.
Radiois usually alocally owned or syndicated delivery of about anything you want to hear. There is Rush, he couldn't tell the truth if his mother's life depended on it, yet he has made a fortune at being a personality and the master of stirring the pot. I'm sure there is a counter on the left for Rush, but I have no idea who it is, I don't listen to verbage on the radio.
So, yes there is bias in our information networks. It's really important to get different views and to hear the same story from different points of view and then you have to decipher what may be the real situation.
We all usually find a personality or news person we like to hear, Tom Brochal (that doesn't look right, have no idea how these folks spell their names) for exmple sounds down the center but you can pick out his personal views. That's what you need to do is know when you're getting a line and when you're getting solid center information. I try to stay in the center. You'll find many, even here I'm sure that won't even think about listening to MSNBC or FOX, they don't want to hear it. You'll find that information is mixed with other facts, such as government reports, and they are used to decieve for political gain.
IMO, it's so skewed in the US it's almost work trying to dig out some of the issues. Political reporting here is pretty much propoganda from both ends IMO.
That said, I'll watch Chuck Todd of MSNBC for the reporting as he presents the possible paths to winning and drills down to counties within states without interject his personal views or political slants for one party. He will talk about how Romney needs to do this or that just as he does for Obama to win. But I'll be flipping channels too.
I don't think Romney will take Ohio, we will see, his Jeep made in China ad didn't help him there. Virginia and Florida will be ones to watch, they will be key states as to how the path will be developed. :)