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Bias: The media are celebrating Ohio voters' rejection of GOP initiatives. Predictably, though, they are downplaying the fact that Ohio emphatically renounced ObamaCare. Why? It goes against the media's agenda.

 Casual consumers of the news would think that Ohio voters thoroughly vanquished Republicans and their ideas.

"Voters defeat many GOP-sponsored measures," says the New York Times.

"Ohio voters reject GOP-backed union limits," the Washington Post reports.

Across the Atlantic, the British Guardian calls the Ohio results a "blow to Republicans" while America's Christian Science Monitor reports that Tuesday was "not a banner election for the Tea Party."

Reuters took things a bit further: "Ohio union victory boosts Obama's hopes for 2012."

Granted, Ohio voters rose against Gov. John Kasich's plan to curb union power and privilege. The former Republican congressman wants limits on collective bargaining for police, firefighters and other public workers to ease the financial burden on the governments — the taxpayers, in reality — who have to fund their cushy arrangements.

The plan, which has been passed in the Ohio Senate, would also have required public union employees to contribute small portions of their salaries to their own health care and pension packages.

The voters, however, disagreed with Kasich and Ohio's GOP lawmakers, a development the media are taking great joy in.

But there's more to Tuesday's vote in Ohio than what was placed on the ballot as Issue 2. There was Issue 3, a measure to "preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care." It is a state constitutional amendment that allows Ohio to opt out of the ObamaCare individual insurance mandate.

While the unions filled the voting booths with supporters who went to the polls to defeat Kasich's plan, they couldn't stop the backlash against ObamaCare: 66% of the vote was cast for Issue 3.

The nearly two-thirds approval is a strong repudiation of the president's signature legislation and it deserves more attention. The vote against Kasich's plan was only 61% and to get that the unions had to spend precious resources on this election.

So obnoxious is ObamaCare to Americans that the unions could not stop their supporters from voting against it in Ohio on Tuesday. Columnist Michael Barone reports that "about half the folks that the unions turned out voted against ObamaCare."

Despite the public's dislike for the Democrats' Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — our IBD/TIPP poll shows that 44% want it repealed while only 25% wish to expand it — the media are still in thrall to it.

• At the one-year anniversary of its signing, the Washington Post's Ezra Klein, who has called the Affordable Care Act "a good law," wished it a "happy birthday."

"Here's to many more," he said.

• Almost a year before the legislation became law, ABC hosted a two-hour prime-time town hall meeting on ObamaCare. "Good Morning America", "World News" and "Nightline" used the White House as a base for their broadcasts.

• Just before it was signed, Washington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein contended that "Passing a health care reform bill would restore not only a measure of trust and confidence in our political process but also, more significantly, trust and confidence in ourselves."

• Soon after the signing, ABC's Cokie Roberts insisted that "a lot of people are going to like" ObamaCare "a whole lot once they see what's in it."

"It's just a question of understanding it," she said.

These are but a few examples of the many cases of journalistic bias favoring the Democrats' meddling in health care. As the Media Research Center noted, the media, even as Congress debated the bill, were "cheerleaders for ObamaCare" and praised the proposed legislation "while continually slamming its critics."

It was once thought that what was good for General Motors was good for America. Now it's clear that what's favored by the media is harmful to the country.

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