Loc: Central Florida
My background is in science. Therefore, I tend to value hard data over conjecture, impression or opinion. I have resisted replying to any number of posts accusing the "MSM" (that always make me think of MTM, Mary Tyler Moore and Capri pants and long legs and...ahem) of some sort of cooridinated liberal bias.<br><br>I have been biding my time, waiting for some empirical study to pop up. Finally, here is an article about such a study. A short summary: even if Obama is getting MORE coverage (and face it, what he has been doing lately is more interesting than what McCain has been up to), he isn't getting BETTER coverage.<br><br>For those who take the time to read all two pages, some interesting background will emerge. This particular study was performed by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University which is headed by George Licther. Lichter is a former FOX News contributor. His study in 2006 of the mid-term election coverage showed more positive coverage of the Democrats. This led to appearances on Glenn Beck's and Bill O'Reilly's shows.<br><br>Will he be a welcome guest on those shows now? Get serious. What's good for the goose is not necessarily what's good for the gander in this case.<br><br>To quote from the first paragraph of the article: [color:blue]"Information today cascades from countless outlets and channels, from the Huffington Post to Politico.com to CBS News and beyond."</font color=blue><br><br>The sophisticated citizen is getting information from any number of sources these days and the can customize their input to feed particular values, attitudes, interests and beliefs. I know that is what I do.<br><br>Out of the ten threads at the top of this forum as I write this, only one (the post on 527 organizations) is really political in nature, one (the hate groups map thread) is interesting but not related directly to politics, seven have to do with media coverage, the staging of events and John Edwards' alleged love child by Angelina Jolie and one (the surge post) could have been a legitimate political post but was directed more at how NBC was covering Obama. And as soon as I click "continue", I will add yet another nonpolitical post to the "Political Soapbox" forum.<br><br>Interestingly, as for the LA Times (is it supposed to be on the MSM liberal team?), at the time I posted this, the links to stories next to the first paragraph of this one are titled "John McCain supports expansion of Americans With Disabilities Act", "John McCain slams Barack Obama for canceling on the troops" and "Challenges await Barack Obama at home".<br><br>Maybe we need yet another forum, "Media and Political Manipulation", to absorb some of these tangential topics.<br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by cope on 07/27/08 06:59 AM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
I heard about that very same study on "On the Media" this weekend. I agree with Tony Blankly when he was saying that the lack of attention probably helped Sen. McCain last week because anyone who was paying attention say him panic in his stance on Iraq and say some of the most petty things in this campaign that would repulse anyone who thought Sen. McCain was going to be... I don't know... a decent guy.<br><br>-- Cee Bee Double-U
thanks cope. i'll read through it tonight.<br><br>cary, i agree on McCain . . . his best bet is to avoid making news, particularly given that he's not running a smooth campaign. avoiding news allows him live off of the reputation he had nearly a decade ago and that's a good thing.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
wow, that's a great study. i have no doubt that it will be ignored by folks who like to trumpet how liberal the media is.<br><br>so to recap . . . Obama gets 72% the coverage, but only 27% is positive. McCain gets 27% of the coverage with 43% being positive. McCain is having a much easier time from the media (even from Fox News, fwiw). <br><br>why does the media favor McCain? i suppose that's just the liberal way. <br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
This post bears a little more of a look now that the McCain campaign has all but stated their media strategy is going to be to bitch about any network that says anything they don't like, regardless of its news value.<br><br>-- Cee Bee Double-U
i was just about to bump this after reading Byran's post from some conservative source. <br><br>the interesting thing about the study Cope provided here is that the same researcher was hailed by conservatives 2 years ago when he showed dems getting favorable treatment. now they want to ignore this guy. heh. <br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Well, Sen. Obama's opponents have absolutely no leg to stand on when talking about his policies directly, so they have to stretch all the way over to the expectations game in order to drum up any fear, uncertainty, or doubt.<br><br>That is until they can dig up another scary black preacher man.<br><br>-- Cee Bee Double-U
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Well, Sen. Obama's opponents have absolutely no leg to stand on when talking about his policies directly<p><hr></blockquote><p> . . . it's not just his opponents -- 10 minutes after your post Matt does exactly what you noted. <br><br>EDIT: apparently Matt deleted the thread i was linking to (#388086) so this one is a similar version now linked.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by FSM on 08/20/08 02:55 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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