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    Study Finds Media Biased

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,6802141.story

    McCain might be surprised by this though:

    The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, where researchers have tracked network news content for two decades, found that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Obama than on Republican John McCain during the first six weeks of the general-election campaign.

    You read it right: tougher on the Democrat.

    During the evening news, the majority of statements from reporters and anchors on all three networks are neutral, the center found. And when network news people ventured opinions in recent weeks, 28% of the statements were positive for Obama and 72% negative.

    Network reporting also tilted against McCain, but far less dramatically, with 43% of the statements positive and 57% negative, according to the Washington-based media center.

    Conservatives have been snarling about the grotesque disparity revealed by another study, the online Tyndall Report, which showed Obama receiving more than twice as much network air time as McCain in the last month and a half. Obama got 166 minutes of coverage in the seven weeks after the end of the primary season, compared with 67 minutes for McCain, according to longtime network-news observer Andrew Tyndall.
    Guess he never noticed how nice the media really has been towards him. According to this study, it looks like he should be happy about the extra scrutiny on Obama.
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    how can the media be negative towards mccain if they never talk about him?

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    ok..."opinions in recent weeks" doesnt compare with the love hes been getting from the day he said he was running (ask HillDog if there is a bias).

    Obama got 166 minutes of coverage in the seven weeks after the end of the primary season, compared with 67 minutes for McCain


    yeah... lets see the numbers with his leap across the pond.. i bet he had A LOT more coverage time.

    oh and the NY Times story....

    Senator John McCain’s trip to Iraq last March was a low-key affair: With a small retinue of reporters chasing him abroad, the NBC News anchor Brian Williams reported on Mr. McCain’s visit there from New York, including it in the “in other political news” portion of his newscast.

    But when Senator Barack Obama heads for Iraq and other places overseas this summer, Mr. Williams is planning to catch up with him in person, as are the other two network evening news anchors

    The extraordinary coverage planned for Mr. Obama’s trip, though in part solicited by aides, reflects how the candidate remains an object of fascination in the news media.

    But the coverage also feeds into concerns in Mr. McCain’s campaign, and among Republicans in general, that the news media are imbalanced in their coverage of the candidates, just as aides to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton felt during the primary season.

    Executives at the three traditional networks say they generally devote the same resources to the candidates. But they do not dispute that Mr. Obama has received more coverage this year

    The news industry’s fascination with Mr. Obama has carried over to general-interest magazines, with the candidate landing on considerably more covers in recent months than has Mr. McCain.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/us...17anchors.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady's Man View Post
    how can the media be negative towards mccain if they never talk about him?
    Well that's the game. Obama's campaign has had a much better plan in keeping his name in the headlines, whether you agree with their stance or not. Which also leads to more of the questioning and debate about Obama's stances and platform. Some may consider that negative, but much of the 72% when they "ventured opinion" is probably due to the networks looking for the alternative view on Obama's travels as a way of giving equal time. It is a little harder to get that "ventured opinion" on the McCain campaign, when they are currently doing very little.

    As long as there is nothing illegal or scandalous, no publicity is bad publicity. It looks to me that that is the approach of the Obama camp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ari1013 View Post
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,6802141.story

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    Guess he never noticed how nice the media really has been towards him. According to this study, it looks like he should be happy about the extra scrutiny on Obama.
    I've heard other sources on Jim Lehrer's NewsHour talk about this too. People might be surprised to hear, but they were actually quite hard on Obama, so it's incorrect to say that the so-called "liberal" media promotes him. The point that was eventually made in a debate I watched was that because of all McCain's complaints, the American media was actually MORE critical of Obama's tour than it needed to be. McCain's camp managed to get the media to focus on the negative during his tour, and in so doing, just looked old, befuddled and petulant.

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    It's not really hard to see. They love bringing up the things Hannity spends 4 hours a day ranting on. Just imagine if the Time Hannity spends being negative towards Obama was counted in this

    this just makes me laugh. What a great campaign they are running.

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    Looks like the media might have had enough. They're starting to call McCain out on his outright lies. Guess the McCain coverage is about to begin increasing.
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    The media is biased??????????

    Damn I thought Obama was a muslim radical...looks like now I'll have to think for myself!

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    Neither candidate can say anything about Media coverage, and whether it's biased..

    It's something that should have been put an end to ages ago. Media is, and always was to be, an unbiased outlet for news.

    No media outlet should endorse or promote a single person, but they have been for years. Beyond that, candidates do attempt to get endorsements from major publications, and by doing that, open themselves up to what will be a biased and lopsided view of the oppositions stance.
    oh my god! did you hear? Alex Rodriguez left a floater and didn't do a double flush!!! someone alert the media this must be news!

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    I wonder how many millions were wasted on this study.....

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    Well since it was at George Mason, it was likely a collaborative work primarily done by grad students. As such it likely cost very little in actual $$$ to complete. As far as the opportunity cost, that was probably pretty high.
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    Anyone who claims to be unbiased or neutral or in the middle on politics is clearly a liberal trying to look smart. This is something I've learned over the years. There's no way that this is a fair survey.

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    You know who's shockingly hard on O'Bama?

    Jon Stewart.

    Or at least, he was until he got back from Germany.

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    Jon Stewart's joke about Obama visiting his birthplace - the manger in Jerusalem - was a pretty good line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraldRFord View Post
    Anyone who claims to be unbiased or neutral or in the middle on politics is clearly a liberal trying to look smart. This is something I've learned over the years. There's no way that this is a fair survey.
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