Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

October 18, 2004

by V

Big Media's "News Judgment"...

Via Discourse.net:

The Carpetbagger Report: The media has its priorities; are they yours?
Words devoted to the Mary Cheney "story" in the Washington Post over the past three days: 1,099

Words devoted in the Washington Post over the past three days to the fact that the president's top political aide testified before a federal grand jury on Friday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation of the Bush White House: 438

The New York Times' ratio was even worse. The manufactured Mary Cheney flap has generated 3,074 words since Saturday (from two news items and two op-eds) in the paper of record; Rove's testimony's received 813 words.

Meet the Press, meanwhile, devoted 1,055 words to Mary Cheney yesterday; Rove's grand jury testimony wasn't mentioned at all.

The Washington Post even polled on the Mary Cheney "story" on Friday (64% said Kerry's comment was "inappropriate"). There were no questions in the poll about the ongoing criminal investigation of the White House.
And from Froomkin's post:
Iíd like to see a poll about whether Bush saying he never said he didnít care about Osama was "inappropriate". No. How about a poll asking if invading Iraq with no plans at all for winning the peace was "inappropriate"?
Indeed.
Posted by V at October 18, 2004 04:14 PM
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