Patterico, of Patterico's Pontifications, sums up the year for the LA Times, which he has seemingly appropriately dubbed the "Dog Trainer", in two posts. The first one discusses the Times' treatment of the issues during the presidential election, and the second reviews its treatment of other events during the year. Brilliant and incisive, both posts, though lengthy, are worth reading in their entirety. Particularly by my west coast reader (you know who you are).
While specifically discussing the LA Times coverage of the events and issues in question, the problems he notes in the LA Times coverage are equally pervasive throughout the MSM, in locales such as the NY Times, Boston Globe, CBS, NBC... His reviews are almost a skeptic's textbook on reading and listening to stories by these outlets. Particularly enlightening is the first post, on the run-up to the election. He even notes an LA Times poll that showed a Kerry lead, but required oversampling Democrats by 10-12 points to do so.
Take the time to visit the links to his more detailed original posts on anything that interests you, also. It's well worth the time.