Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another Study Proves That 1+1=2, Or That the Media Love Obama, Hate McCain/Palin, and Who's Biden?


Last week, I posted a blog entry analyzing a poll from Rasmussen Reports which shows that a majority of voters believe that the major networks' election coverage is biased. Today, the respected Pew Center released a study that also concludes that the election reporting has been skewed -- in favor of Obama. Unlike the Rasmussen study, which relied upon the opinions of viewers, the Pew Center study scrutinizes the content of the coverage and considers whether it is positive, negative or neutral.
The study finds that compared to previous elections, Obama has received a standard amount of positive coverage, but has not received much at all in terms of negative coverage. McCain and Palin, however, have received negative coverage that exceeds the amount in most election cycles. What about Joe Biden? The study finds that he is an afterthought. The Pew Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism conducted the study. It is definitely worth reading, especially if you tend to think the media have fallen into an abyss.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What constitutes "the media" in these studies? Doesn't Rupert Murdoch own more media outlets than anyone else? Last I checked, he was not liberal at all...

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Murdoch may own more outlets than any ONE person, but he does not own a majority of all outlets. If you click the link in the post, the study details its methdology. The Center study several thousand media reports from (I think) 48 sources.

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