#1 The 2008 Election Is the Media Trying to Elect Obama?07-22-2008, 08:41 AM
The 2008 Election Is the Media Trying to Elect Obama?
by Dee Dee Myers
July 21, 2008, 5:15 PM
Tomorrow, CBSís Katie Couric will interview Barack Obama from Jordan. On Wednesday, ABCís Charlie Gibson will chat with him from Israel. And on Thursday, NBCís Brian Williams will do the honors from Germany. Call it the presidential campaign equivalent of Shooting the Moon.
And to think, a few short months ago the Washington establishment was buzzing about the pressís pending dilemma: With Obama and John McCain looking like the all-but-certain nominees of their respective parties, how would the media choose between its new crush, Obama, and its long-time paramour, McCain? The Illinois senator has been a media darling since he burst onto the scene at the Democratic National Convention in the summer of 2004, and during the Democratic primary season, he bested Hillary Clinton in both quantity of coverage (he got more) and tenor (his was way more positive). But McCain has gotten so much favorable media attention over the years that he often joked that the press was his political base. In a head-to-head competition, who would win?
So far, the answer is clear: Obama is The One. In the first quarter of the general election, he has simply gotten more and better coverage than McCain. For those who need more evidence than the enormous press entourage that is treating Obamaís current trip not like the campaign swing of a presidential candidate, but like the international debut of the New American President, there are several new studies which help quantify the disparity.
The Project for Excellence in Journalism, which evaluates more than 300 newspaper, magazine, and television stories each week, found that from June 9 (after Obama had wrapped up the Democratic nomination) until July 13, Obama was more prominently covered every single week. During one particular week, July 7Ė13, McCain was a significant presence in 48 percent of the storiesóbut Obama met that mark in 77 percent of the pieces. Similarly, the Tyndall Report, a media monitoring group, found that Obama received substantially more media attention.
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07-22-2008, 11:30 AM
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Why is this even a question? Where's the "DUH" emoticon?
07-22-2008, 02:37 PM
Question should be: Why isn’t the Republican Party keeping a running tab on what Obama’s projected "Cradle to Grave" socialist programs will cost each American taxpayer and making it public, daily?At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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07-23-2008, 04:42 PM
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Imagine Obama referencing the "Iraq-Pakistani border" or claiming the recent "surge is the reason for the Anbar Awakening"---what would the media reaction be in that hypothetical world?
Would the interviewer edit out these remarks and replace them with statements that didn't make him look like such a dolt or would these comments be looped 24/7 to drive home his inexperience?
07-23-2008, 04:52 PMGun Control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound - Unknown
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