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Surprise, Surprise: Study says Media coverage has favored Obama campaign

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  1. Real World

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    I'm just so shocked by this. Who'd have guessed eh? :confused2:



    Study: Media coverage has favored Obama campaign

    AP
    By DAVID BAUDER – 5 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — John McCain supporters who believe they haven't gotten a fair shake from the media during the Republican's candidacy against Barack Obama have a new study to point to. Comments made by sources, voters, reporters and anchors that aired on ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts over the past two months reflected positively on Obama in 65 percent of cases, compared to 31 percent of cases with regards to McCain, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs.

    ..............

    "For whatever reason, the media are portraying Barack Obama as a better choice for president than John McCain," said Robert Lichter, a George Mason University professor and head of the center. "If you watch the evening news, you'd think you should vote for Obama."

    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hiE-7-7YbMg-msHxLrN2b_g8RF7gD9
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    #24 Jersey

    The Dems will knock that 31% down when they crank up the Fairness Doctrine to go after those nasty Republicans. The media is an embarassment.
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    RW...you gotta admit, there's been twice as many bad things to say about McCain's campaign than Obama's. If they reflected equally positive on both campaigns, they would have had to LIE:eek:
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    I've always said that the press slants stories, and has it's own agenda when reporting, which is why multiple sources, and your own judgement are a must. That being said, I find the actions of the greater MSM in this campaign to be an insult to journalism.
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    What about my rationale above. I really do think it explains a lot of the perceived unfairness. McCain's campaign has been a joke. Seriously, I'm not exaggerating in the slightest. It's been the worst campaign in my lifetime.
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    What do I think about your rationale above? Um, you're an Obama supporter right?
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    I'll take your lack of an answer as acknowledging it's validity. I knew I was right....again!:D

    I've even read you saying that McCain's campaign has been piss poor. So don't be a hypocrate
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    The poor guys.

    Let's see in the past month, I've seen McCain's campaign:

    - elevate an unlicensed plumber to a political guru based on what they see as a "gotcha" moment... about the OTHER guy's tax policy

    - called Obama a Socialist, a "Redistributer" (whatever that does; all taxation does that;)

    - accused Obama of "Palling around with terrorists"

    - tried to make a moderate Palestinian scholar into a PLO spokesman, and tried to make a common appearance at a dinner w/this scholar into an issue... again ABOUT OBAMA -- despite McCain giving that same guy 500K in grants

    - Made the majority of new ads attack ads about Obama

    - put forward no new ideas of their own

    Aside from the attacks, McCain's campaign:

    - has been unable to get the self-styled plumber to SHOW UP at events (this from a national campaign? What should the story be? "Glorious McCain Campaign Succeeds in Heroically Lining Up Dear Plumber in 2 out of 3 Events!"?

    - Has been unable to confine itself just to Obama attacking, aiming its vitriol at McCain's own VP candidate

    - While meanwhile, said VP is inept (or self-serving) enough to elicit this PUBLIC whine from the presidential side... sort of justifying the negative stories on her, if you think about it. McCain's own people lined up half of them by "leaking" their disgust.

    What should THAT headline be? "Glorious Governor and Dear Leader Build Deeper Understanding Through Frank Exchange of Views Through Media Leaks?"

    WTF do you THINK the coverage will be?
    And how do you THINK you score the story that reads "Obama gains in polls, McCain slips?" Half the stories are about polling, and well, McCain is a loser. Just the facts, ma'am.

    Obama's campaign? The nastiest thing they've put out about McCain is "He'll try to scare you and say I'm a risky guy." When his VP goes off script we get a week's worth of stories and a half dozen attack ads about how Obama will be "tested" within six months "mark my words." Obama has probably said "knock on some doors for me" more than "McCain" in this campaign.

    You notice that the leftoids on this board have just as many nasty little points to make about McCain and his associations as McCain/Palin have made about him.

    You'll also notice they go without media obsession:

    - McCain's foreign birth
    - McCain's behavior vis a vis his ex wife (which Reagan, for one, found disgusting)
    - McCain's Keating 5 history
    - etcetera etcetera etcetera

    Think about it. Why wasn't the attack ad "McCain gave 500,000 bucks to Rashid Khalidi, a PLO spokesman... John McCain: too risky for America"?

    Because Obama's people don't go after McCain that way.

    What would be the media reaction if:
    - Obama had a VP candidate who just had a baby in her 40s, had 5 children on stage with her, and one of those children was pregnant?
    - If Obama lost his temper unpredictably both on and off the campaign trail
    - If Obama went around America saying how everybody should have guns
    - If Obama were instrumental in Abramoff's casino lobbying, and then ended up gambling compulsively in said casinos?

    ...or a variety of other attitudes or actions that are just "gimmes" for a republican?

    If McCain got any more free passes he'd be a backstage groupie.

    There is no comparison between McCain's behavior and Obama's, yet the right-wing corporate media continue to cover them with an obsession with equal outcomes, the better to pander to just such constant right-wing complaints about "tha media."
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    Have thought through my rosey left leaning eyes, that since the convention that McCain/Palin have spent more time on what Obama did not do, what Obama might not do, who Obama knows than on what they will do.. every speech starts with Obama bad.. you reap what you sow..

    The polls have been pretty conclusive about negative campaigning, and instead of turning it around.. McCain/Palin continue their attacks.. the whole Joe the Plumber thing has been an exercise is absurdity. To have just gone down this road, without knowing more about him shows more poor judgement.
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    Just saw on Keith Olberman that Palin said it's a sad day for first amendment rights when she can't call out Obama on his associations without fear of the media accusing her of negative campaigning. His observation - "Hey Gov. Palin, the first amendment protects free speech BY the media and the people against the government, not the government from the media."
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    If you watch the comedy shows, its all about McCain, and for obvious reasons as you stated. As a matter of fact, Bill Maher has done spoofs on Obama making the stuff up (no material to work with, admittedly) while Jon Stewart has had a field day. Keep in mind Stewart likes McCain and has had him on as a guest on many occasions. (Note: I don't get my news from these shows and watch for the entertainment value).
    Furthermore, if you were a reporter, how thrilled would you be to follow gram pa in his slippers vs an energetic candidate that is mobbed by crowds like he was a rock star.
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    Surprise , surprise who ran a doodoo and negative campaign ,with no subtance ?
    I am sorry , mccain had a horrible strategy.
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    Thanks for the brief list PFiVA!:rolleyes::D

    Hey, even Real World agrees that althought the conclusions are probably accurate, they SHOULD have been that way due to the thousands of blunders by McCain's living joke he calls his campaign.

    So if R-Dubya agrees, then it's conclusive.

    Wrap it up boys!
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    I have been saying for months that if Mccain loses the Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for nominating him, he is a closet democrat who can't fight back because he believes in some of the same sh!t the Messiah does, the only thing that has kept his numbers in the polls close to the Messiah's is "Sarah".

    Dingobats will laugh and snicker at this because they "HATE" Sarah worse than they do Bush but "Sarah is McCain's only hope now"

    Romney was destroyed by people who are always "preaching diversity and tolerance" because of his religion "Bigot Bastards" and the stupid republicans caved in to their hateful sh!t (they wouldn't dare do it to a muslim)

    Whatever will be will be
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    Romney is disingenuous. he ran Mass into the ground and is a flip flopper only using the state as a launching pad for his higher aspirations.
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    He's also A Mormon.......:)
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    I'll agree that doesn't help, but isn't Obama a muslim?:rolleyes:
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    I did answer your question. I'll take your inability to understand it as another example of your trouble with reading comprehension. :p

    Seriously, McCain is a terrible candidate. There is no sugar coating that. However, Obama's been the beneficiary of a media that fawns over him, and doesn't criticize. He, and his please stand up sidekick, get a free pass on anything, and everyhting they do. It took a plumber in a crowd, to finally ask Obama a genuine question. The media didn't do it. Why would they when they want him to win so badly.

    I don't like either candidate. I'm not voting for either one. So my perspective of this election cycle is different than most. I feel like I'm at a nightclub & sober. I'm seeing things clearly.
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    Sarah Palin attracts enormous crowds everywhere she goes, yet her brand is dragged through the mud. So please spare me about the crowd BS. The mdeia's job is to be objective, unbiased, and in search of the truth. the haven't done that with Obama. You're voting for him, so I can see why you'd have a hard time seeing that.
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    Obama has loads of substance in his campaign. I almost forgot.
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    I've been sober 19 years, so I see very cleary RW. I'll give you that it's been a combination of McCain blunders and the MSM fascination with BO that has resulted in the perception of unfair coverage.

    Of course i favor unfairness on the side of the democratic party because I see it as more American than the republican party...but that's just my own bias
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    He didn't run Mass. into the ground, since he took over a debt ridden state and actually balanced the budget. Some of it through means I'm not a big fan of, but he did have a meager 20 republicans in legislature to work with. That being said, I 100% agree with you about his being disingenuous, and using us as a launch pad, which he originally said he wasn't doing. That's why I think he's a fony. Smart guy, but a say anything.
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    More american. So when Palin says the "pro-american" parts of the country, and gets criticized, I'm guessing people in here will take you up on saying democrats are more american. Nah, probably not.

    There isn't a perception of coverage. There is a reality. McCain is a terrible candidate, but Obama is just as bad. The reason why people don't feel that way, is cuz he hasn't been vetted by the media. There are years of his life that are missing. There are ZERO accomplishments to speak of on his resume. The guy couldn't make a decision in the state senate, where he was just a few years ago, and the MSM has annointed him to have great judgement. It's truly tragic if you ask me. Obviously one of the two under qualified candidates has to win. What bugs me is that some of the buyers don't really know what they may be getting themselves into. I won't support either guy.
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    I will say this...I think there is a better chance of Obama being a good and successful president because he's not tied to any good 'ol boy networks. he's younger and more intelligent than McCain and therefore more energetic. He has a FAR better ability at speaking to Americans and I think he can be more unifying because of that.

    I also believe he has a better vision for America and is perceived as the right choice by 90% of the world. I think he can be more of a respected world leader than McCain.

    Yes, he has a lot of catching up to do as far as learning what this job is all about, but I also believe McCain doesn't really have a clue either....and neither did Bush.

    I'll also sadly say that the day of the "American Statesman" are over. It used to be that politicians actually STUDIED American history, the constitution, out history and world history before attempting to become a president. JFK's knowledge in these areas was amazing. That's why he could quote so many famous people at the drop of a hat.

    You won't hear either guy give an inauguration speech like JFK. However, I will say that aside from his personal weaknesses, Bill Clinton was a statesman.
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    I so, so want the Republicans to pow-wow after Tuesday and decide that Palin is the heart of that party.

    I think it would do the Republicans good to split into a moderate wing and an extremist wing. It would certainly do the Democrats good.

    Even if the GOP purged centrist ideas and kept their few former centrists around, with their ideas swapped out for Palinite pablum, the country would benefit.

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    I'm not surprised. Unfair coverage.
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    Well he is a Republican, so you'd have to ask the republican party why he wasn't the nominee, he did run for Governor of MA and won, so it's obvious most Dem's don't care about that.
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    Sure, the bastards were afraid of his Religion and they caved in to all the Democrat Bigots whiling about a "Religous Nut" becoming Prewsident.

    The Republicans are Wimps, they they run like scared little rats when the Old Skank Pelosi grins and shows them her new false teeth.

    The republicans should be Dragging this Obama A$s Hole through the mud with all the crap the bastard has in his closet instead that old fool McCain is practically kissing his a$s, Sarah & The Plumber are the only ones now with any guts but it's to late, you'll get your little Grinning Strutting Dictator, it's a closed deal.

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    My comparison was comparing the coverage of McCain and Obama. Then I mentioned the crowds that Obama brings. But hey, if you want to try to compare Palin's crowds to Obama's, go for it.
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    What's truly tragic is that someone with your degree of ignorance doesn't know enough to keep it hidden.

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