Politico's Jim Vendehei and Mike Allen defend the Republican charge that the mainstream media operates with a liberal bias, pointing to two recent articles in The New York Times. The front page of the paper's Sunday edition was dedicated to Ann Romney's penchant for exotic horse riding, while the unearthed details of President Obama's pot-smoking rituals from David Maraniss's forthcoming book were burried on A15. "No wonder Republicans are livid with the early coverage of the 2012 general election campaign," the Politico writers concede. "To them the reporters are scaring up stories to undermine the introduction of Mitt Romney to the general election audience—and once again downplaying the ones that could hurt the president."
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