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    Republicans send New York Times spinning

    Sometimes the best way to put today's political press coverage in perspective is to contrast it with how an identical event was covered in the very near past. Take the New York Times' coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions. The morning after the Democratic Convention concluded, the Times published two Page One stories: a straight news piece about Sen. John Kerry's address, and a separate analysis of the themes of the speech. Today, following the Republican Convention, the Times does the same: a news piece on President Bush's address, as well as an analysis. But for the Republicans, there's a bonus dispatch, a valentine of a report ("Buoyed G.O.P. Says It Has Framed Agenda for Fall") on how "confident" and "optimistic" Republican strategists were celebrating their convention, convinced they had "framed the debate for the fall" and "had succeeded in raising significant doubts" about their opponent.

    If you're guessing that upon the conclusion of their convention, Democratic strategists were convinced they had framed the debate, ended on a confident note, raised doubts about their opponent, and were willing to share their spin with New York Times reporters, you're right. But for some reason, in July the Times didn't consider that dog-bites-man angle an A1 story. Today, when Republicans state the obvious, the Times senses major news at hand.

    The piece plays into the media's favorite new narrative that there's been a major shift toward Bush in the last week or two. (Last night MSNBC's Chris Matthews suggested Bush might have "sealed the deal" -- i.e., the race is over.) Yet, not once in its story did the New York Times point to a single poll backing up that notion. That's because there are no polls showing Bush leading Kerry beyond the margin of error. That may change in the coming days, with the usual convention bounce. But surely the Times wouldn't go with a Page One story based on the expected convention bounce. Surely the story's prominent placement had to reflect real facts on the campaign trail, and not simply Republican wishful thinking, right? Wrong.

    At one point, the Times actually quotes Bush strategist Matthew Dowd saying it was "a distinct possibility" the president would emerge from Labor Day with a lead in the polls. This is news? This is front-page news? Given the obvious fact that the race remains so close and Republicans held their convention second, which meant they'd likely enjoy a bump in the polls on the eve of Labor Day, any serious election analyst had to assume Bush might enjoy a lead come Labor Day.

    So the question remains, why did the Times run a Page One story speculating about the effects of the Republican Convention, while quoting optimistic Republican strategists, if that same story wasn't worth covering coming out of Boston?

    -- Eric Boehlert
    Article: http://www.salon.com/politics/war_ro...dex.html#times

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    The "liberal media" are a conservative myth

    I've been telling you for years: There are individual reporters and editors who are liberal, just as there are some who are fascists or Jesus freaks. The Liberal Media Conspiracy, though, or even the notion that coverage tends to be liberal, is a conservative construct. The right wing gets a huge amount of mileage out of pointing to unbiased reporting and CALLING it liberal, but it usually won't stand up to scrutiny.

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    You can beleive what ever you want, but most stations do lean that way<<

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    Thumbs down

    I don't think so trafton. See my other post "Liberal media bias?". And that's just one example.

    I hardly ever see the 4 main networks air anything derogatory about Bush or the Repub's, even when it's the truth with evidence to back it up, and very germain to current events.

    No wonder GWB has such good poll numbers, and can stay even with Kerry. If the facts were out on him to the wider public, he'd have sunk like a stone many months ago.

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