Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the watchdog Media Research Center, said there is likely to be a lot of anger among conservatives, particularly given the closeness of the election. The same would have been true of Democrats had Obama lost, he said.
"If you watch a football game and your team is down by three touchdowns, you're more angry at your team," he said. "If it's a two-point game, you're mad at the referees. There's going to be a lot of anger at the media."
Wednesday's immediate target for criticism was MSNBC's Chris Matthews for comments saying he was "glad" for Sandy because it turned out to be good politically for the president. Matthews clarified himself later to make clear he wasn't talking about the storm's horrific damage to life and property, and was glad it led to bipartisan cooperation between Obama and Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
One conservative columnist, Matt K. Lewis of The Daily Caller, suggested that conservative media figures should also look inward.
"It's time for conservative talking heads — many of whom misled their readers and audiences the last few weeks — to think more about the future of conservatism than about their own personal popularity," he wrote.
AP Television Writer Frazier Moore contributed to this report.
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