The "news media as a whole" certainly aren't objective. Watch the election results come in. Watch them slip up and say "that's another for us" when a Democrat takes a national victory. Also watch some footage of the 2000 election returns. See the talking heads all choked up and on the verge of tears when Algore conceded the election. Then watch their renewed energy when Algore took back that concession. Objective? Yeah, like Pravda.
As to talking points. The DNC used to post their day's talking points on their website with the tactics to pull as to how to get on talk radio. The website has been redesigned (most info appears to now come through email lists). I don't think that they have ended this practice, just moved it out of the spotlight.