Monday, November 01, 2004

What media bias?

Study: Kerry Gets Best Press Ever

WASHINGTON, DC - John Kerry is getting the most favorable network news coverage of any presidential candidate in the past quarter century, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) at George Mason University, in a study of television news since 1980. CMPA also reports that George Bush's coverage is highly negative this year, but doesn't approach the record for bad press held by Ronald Reagan.

Without that bias, Bush is up 5-7 points

INDCJournal is on a roll,

Shocking. Somewhere at this very moment, an underoo-clad Eric Alterman sticks his fingers in his ears, jumps face first onto his bed and shouts "Nonononononononononononononononononono," while kicking spastic swipes at the empty air.

In retrospect, I suppose that there were signs ...

October 8, 2004, ABC News Political Director Mark Halpern admonished ABC staff: During coverage of Democrat Kerry and Republican Bush not to "reflexively and artificially hold both sides 'equally' accountable." ... "This is now John Kerry's contest to lose."

July, 2004 Evan Thomas, the Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek

“There’s one other base here: the media. Let’s talk a little media bias here. The media, I think, wants Kerry to win. And I think they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards -- I’m talking about the establishment media, not Fox, but -- they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic and all,
there’s going to be this glow about them that some, is going to be worth, collectively, the two of them, that’s going to be worth maybe 15 points.”