Politico’s methodologically, conceptually, structurally, intellectually, politically and journalistically fraught story “To GOP, Blatant Bias in Vetting,” is landing with some impact. On the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, host Bill O’Reilly invoked it as one piece of evidence in a monologue that allegedly proved lefty media bias.

And two of the story’s polemical centerpieces — the Washington Post’s Mitt Romney-as-high school ruffian story and the New York Times’s piece about Ann Romney’s equestrian activities — figured prominently in Bernard Goldberg’s reassessment of how big a factor media bias will play in the 2012 election.

These stories filter out to the networks, and then they filter out to the entertainment shows and the late-night comedians and all that. And they filter into the national consciousness. And as a result, I’m starting to think-- and I didn’t last time — but I’m starting to think that people who aren’t familiar with the issues, who don't know the Romneys — they start to say, ‘Well, this is a guy who bashed a gay kid in high school and she’s this elitist who rides these expensive horses .’ And it could affect how they see these people and, in a tight race...

Goldberg accurately describes how the media functions.