I love the whole "Soul Searching" aspect but notice there is no inclination that what the post did was erroneous or that they will endeavour to change the way their journalism actually reports.
My whole problem with today's journalists is that the majority of them (right and left) start with and idea and then look for the evidence to support their opinion. That is not journalism, that is editorializing.
Journalism is the objective reporting of what the news is. All of the news that's fit to print is what the ideal used to be. Now it is all the news that fits my paradigm.
Deborah Howell - An Obama Tilt in Campaign Coverage - washingtonpost.com
I think there will be some changes. This campaign was different in several ways from most previous campaigns which made for a set up of biased coverage.
First, BUSH. There is such a backlash of Bush that everything that touched him was tainted from Day1. That means that McCain had to deal with a press that fully associated him with Bush. While that was only 90% correct, that was sufficient to start a line of negative reports. Obama never had that connection to deal with and was, in fact the anti Bush so that would be considered positive from step1.
Second, Obama. He simply ran a different type of campaign. He made very few mistakes in which to make the press go after him full bore. Many of the perceived issues [Wright, Muslim, Citizenship, etc] were Right generated storms and had an air of dirt associated with them as they seems like Swiftboating no so many levels that the Press didn't play in that sandbox.
Obama didn't really get into dirty politics that would have drawn attention of the press.
So while the press may have had a opportunity to be biased toward the Democrats in any circumstance, the fact that the Obama campaign was run on such a different level made going after him so much harder.
Third, PALIN. She became such a distraction for the press and blogsphere in the last six weeks that it overshadowed any issues that may have popped up. If the RNC and McCain campaigns had put in a real candidate for VP, that distraction would not have been there.
The McCain campaign are responsible for much of the focus they brought on themselves and by extension the lack of focus on the Obama campaign. The comparison differential was just too great.