This is certainly an interesting exercise because it highlights a complaint that many bloggers have had over the MSM for a long time.
Stories aren't balanced or fair if they are balancing a truth against a lie. Now that we have a nice clear example of a lie to work with we can see which outlets state it clearly.
So how many more times are the McCain campaign and the Republicans going to repeat what is a thoroughly baseless charge? (Karen Tumulty - Swampland)
Certain qualifies as a clear statement.
despite no evidence that the charge is true. (WaPo)
Is also reasonably clear.
Now that I've read the linked article further, I'm getting another picture. Not only are they lying but they're going to continue to do so:
McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said again yesterday that the Republican's version of events is correct, and that Obama canceled the visit because he was not allowed to take reporters and cameras into the hospital.
"It is safe to say that, according to press reports, Barack Obama avoided, skipped, canceled the visit because of those reasons," he said. "We're not making a leap here.
Asked repeatedly for the "reports," Bounds provided three examples, none of which alleged that Obama had wanted to take members of the media to the hospital
So now we're getting to the meat of the problem. The McCain charge is a lie. Careful investigation has confirmed its a lie. And now they're sticking to their guns.
As I said above, this will provide a very nice test of the courage and integrity of the media outlets one by one.
Let's keep score, shall we?