The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism preformed a comprehensive analysis of this year's campaign coverage, reviewing "more than 2,000 stories from 43 news outlets from print, online, TV and radio, during six critical weeks of the general election phase from the end of the conventions through the final presidential debate."
Their findings? John McCain received nearly twice as much negative press coverage as did Barack Obama. According to the report, 57% of the stories about John McCain during the period between September 8 and October 16 were "clearly negative in tone," compared to 29% for Obama. Conversely, stories that were "clearly positive in tone" favored Obama over McCain by a factor of more than two to one, 36% for Obama to just 14% for McCain.
No doubt the media will try to spin the findings of this study to fit their agenda and deflect blame. But it does validate those who have been saying this for some time. The bigger issue is the lack of accountability we will have going forward if we have a left wing President and legislature, and an equally liberal press. Who will be watching the hen house and ensuring that corruption is brought to light? Not government, which has been throwing around blame for the financial scandal instead of addressing the issues to move the country forward. And not the press, which gets all warm and tingly when Obama utters a syllable. This is the sort of thing we hear about in countries far removed from the US. Places where freedom of information is squelched, and propaganda is unilaterally preached to the masses. Our founding fathers must be turning in their graves.
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