Don't Worry, John, They Hate Barack Too

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JULY 28, 2008

Don't Worry, John, They Hate Barack Too

I'm a day late on this, but a study out of George Mason -- no liberal bastion there -- pokes holes in the McCain meme that the press is in love with Obama (via the LAT):

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. ...

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.

Don't hold your breath for McCain to reject and denounce his "Obama Love" video.

--Eve Fairbanks

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