One of the ways that the media demonstrate bias is by holding conservatives to higher standards than liberal. Let's leave aside for a moment obvious examples such as the treatment given Herman Cain verses, say, Ted Kennedy or Bill Clinton. Here's a more mundane example. Here's an article about the newest release of climate emails. Notice how this paragraph describes the previous release:
A string of investigations following the 2009 release all came to the conclusion that scientists had not manipulated data to support their findings, though some of the reports did criticize them on minor points, such as failing to share their data or to respond properly to freedom of information requests.
"Minor points such as failing to...respond properly to freedom of information requests."? Let's set aside the fact that failing to properly respond to FOI requests is illegal and focus on the Times' treatment of it. When did the Times start considering failure to respond to FOI requests "minor"? If Grover Norquist worked at a government agency and failed to respond to FOI requests, would that be minor?
The local media had the same double standard regarding the Independent Redistricting Commission. Colleen Mathis admitted calling other members of the Commission in order to build consensus and the Commission deliberated for hours behind closed doors, yet the local reporters are tripping all over themselves to excuse these violations.
The next time you read a breathless story about a Republican official violating the open meeting law, remember that the media consider these violations to be minor and really not much of a problem.