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10/17/2011

2012 campaign coverage vs 2012 media bias

Filed under: 2012 Election — Karl @ 9:48 am



[Posted by Karl]

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism released a study today with what some mght consider to be surprising findings: Over the last five months, the presidential candidate with the most negative media coverage is Barack Obama, while the candidate with the most positive coverage is Rick Perry.  So much for liberal media bias, eh?  However, a closer look at the study suggests much less news than meets the eye — and even less about media bias.

Why is Obama getting an almost 4:1 ratio of negative stories to positive stories?  Pew answers:

Several factors were likely responsible for that critical tone. In many stories, Obama was the target of not only the whole roster of GOP presidential contenders. He was also being criticized in often harsh terms by Republicans in Congress. Added to that, members of his own party began criticizing him on both policy and strategy grounds, particularly as his poll numbers fell. And for much of this period, the president’s coverage reflected the biggest problem on his watch-a continual flow of bad news about the U.S. economy.

Translation: Obama is getting negative coverage because few like the job he’s doing as president.  The coverage reflects events on the ground.  Similarly, although Perry received the most positive coverage overall, it is equally obvious the media coveage tracks events on the ground.  He received a lot of positive stories during his splashy campaign rollout, but the coverage has turned more negative as his campaign has stumbled (blog coverage actually tracked the polls more closely; the MSM lags a bit).  Herman Cain’s coverage also started turning positive in August and is now the most positively covered candidate (for how long remains to be seen).  The coverage of Mitt Romney has been as stagnant as his poll numbers.

Establishment journalists will seize on the Pew study as evidence that they do not have a liberal bias.  (indeed, Politico* is already unsubtly suggesting Team Obama start working the refs.)  To be sure, the media bias does not extend so far as pretending that the economy is roaring along.  However, the Pew study by necessity only tracks stories actually covered.  Such studies will not reflect the media’s propagation of Team Obama’s “jobs saved or created” dodge.  The Pew study will not reflect that NBC and ABC largely ignore the Obama administration’s Fast & Furious scandal and that the entire establishment media blacked out the House subpoena to the top levels of the Justice Department in the scandal.  Pew won’t reflect Big Media’s systemic downplaying of our exploding national debt and pretending that Obama has a serious plan to deal with it. The list goes on and on.  When the watchdogs don’t bark, Pew won’t hear — but that’s not evidence of media objectivity.

*Cross-link provided to honor Patterico’s Politico boycott.

–Karl

113 Responses to “2012 campaign coverage vs 2012 media bias”

  1. Ding!

    Karl (f07e38)

  2. Big Journalism has e-mails showing that the MSM is shaping and advising the OWS protests while purportedly “covering ” them objectively.

    Mike K (9ebddd)

  3. This is the cover story the media will fall back on next year, when its coverage will be as one-sided for Obama as a lonely fan’s adoration of a famous celebrity.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  4. Ding!

    You sound manly when you ding.

    Obama is an Assclown.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  5. Gee! This is UNHEARD OF! Oh, except when you think back to 2009, to the AmericansForProsperity/FoxNewsChannel/FreedomWorks-funded and promoted teaparties.

    tifosa (a6a092)

  6. :roll: Oh look assclown jr.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  7. Mike K is exactly right. Ratigan and other JournoListas are helping them shape their message, and it will go unreported outside of the right side.

    JD (4e46ba)

  8. I like how Tifosa names a couple of grassroots organizations to complain about… their support for grassroots campaigns?

    I’ll ignore the FNC hysterics. They like ratings, so they cover the news. Oh heavens.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  9. Again, tifosa is projecting the actual actions of the left to it’s fevered imaginings of the nefarious doings of the right. Kock brothers!!!!!!!!!!!!

    JD (4e46ba)

  10. hark, did I hear “assclowns?” Well, speak of the devil–> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wriAUHDawHs

    tifosa (a6a092)

  11. Obama’s negative media coverage?
    Gee, could it be because his policy SUCKS?
    Or, could it be because his performance in instituting and implementing those policies SUCK?
    Or, just maybe it’s because some blinders have been removed, and members of the media finally realize that an empty-suit has no there, there?

    I’ll believe that the MSM has learned its’ lesson when they start presenting to us interviews with fellow-students and instructors from President Millstones past,
    and we see his college transcripts and published legal writings.

    Until then, they’re still in-the-bag for The Lightworker, who demonstrates negative-wattage in his out-put.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (35c310)

  12. Yes, Tifosa, it’s true that Fox covered the Tea Parties.

    Oh heavens. They also covered the Occupy filth.

    Get it? They cover stuff that happens so people watch the channel to learn about the world, and then they can sell advertising.

    It’s not very complicated, when you think about it.

    You need something much more concrete, such as what Mike K mentioned, to show collusion. Note that Cavuto isn’t even a straight objective news presenter like Shep Smith. He’s just a conservative pundit. Fox has quite a few of these of differing opinions.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  13. I don’t really know how “Conservative” Cavuto is politically, only that he is a VERY GOOD reporter/commentator on business/economic matters –
    probably because, unlike many (all) of our trolls, he understands how business does, and doesn’t, work.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (35c310)

  14. only that he is a VERY GOOD reporter/commentator on business/economic matters

    He’s one of my favorites on Fox.

    But anyway, he doesn’t hide that he has an opinion on matters. Mike K is talking about a so-called objective reporter who actually is advising these OWS protestors while covering them ‘objectively’. All Cavuto does is provide his views on what’s happening in the world.

    The left likes to pretend conservative pundits are somehow just as bad as MSM’s news presenters being biased while pretending to be objective.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  15. To the Left, being objective is reporting what everyone in their little circle “knows”.
    It’s the Pauline Kael Effect!

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (35c310)

  16. Liberal journalists like to say conservatives get their walking orders from Rush Limbaugh. Now we learn they’re really the ones issuing the orders. I guess they think everyone is like them but, of course, we’re not or we’d all be liberals.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  17. #12: Fox advertised locations/promoted events. Remember “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties?” Seems a bit whiny in here today, no? ;o)

    tifosa (a6a092)

  18. #12: Fox advertised locations/promoted events. Remember “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties?” Seems a bit whiny in here today, no? ;o)

    Comment by tifosa — 10/17/2011 @ 10:44 am

    ?

    So you don’t think the news should note when major events are going to occur? Why? Because MSNBC didn’t think folks should know when the Tea Parties are?

    I honestly don’t get it.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  19. “Get it? They cover stuff that happens so people watch the channel to learn about the world, and then they can sell advertising.”

    My point was, more than “covered.” Purposefully obtuse Dustin?

    tifosa (a6a092)

  20. For the news that really matters:
    McCourts reach settlement….
    “Jamie would give up any claim to the team, multiple sources familiar with the deal say. Now, Frank sets his sights on winning his battle with Selig.”
    H/T- LAT

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (35c310)

  21. I don’t get it, Tifosa.

    I think it’s more like the other networks failed to sufficiently or honestly cover the Tea Parties. This is no more obvious than how they would cut out the skin color of a protestor or highlight kooks who were often not even conservative, but with the OWS, they do the exact opposite.

    Did the right wing pundits show they agreed with the Tea Partiers? I’m sure most did. Is that what you’re calling ‘more than covered’? I don’t understand why that would be.

    The Tea Parties were major events in American history, so of course any reputable organization is covering their existence. Is that what you’re calling ‘advertised’? Because, if so, you seem to be saying media should censor coverage of conservative events, else they are somehow corrupt.

    I count four links on FNC’s main page discussing the occupy wall street events. I do not have access to cable TV right now, but I suspect they are covering them.

    So you’re pretty plainly wrong.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  22. Seems like tifosa is a little touchy about that. But I don’t care. I care much more how the MSM put the TEA party under a microscope, looking at their backgrounds and searching endlessly for “calls to violence.”

    These Marxist anarchists? I’m waiting. But I’m not holding my breath. Anoxia is dangerous.

    Water carriers like tifosa know they are hypocrites. And it makes them angry. Laugh at “her.”

    Simon Jester (ab7db7)

  23. Let’s not forget that nut-case who turned out to be a Columbia Grad-student, with a trust-fund.
    I’m sure tiffy identifies with him, while the rest of us think he should be a case-study at Bellview.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (35c310)

  24. Tiffy’s manic episodes are all alike. Ooooooooh, Jon Huntsman. The rest is boilerplate leftist drivel.

    JD (ae55d7)

  25. My guess is that nothing will stop that whining of the right about the “liberal msm.” (Laughable)
    btw hahaha “Yo mama’s pudgy, face it” –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9L9A1IMTQo&feature=player_embedded

    tifosa (a6a092)

  26. The “liberal man”?
    Is that the new Piltdown Man?

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (35c310)

  27. And the left will not stop whining about fauxnews.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  28. Wanna spread the fun: Rick Perry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhDhDRvHaGs&NR=1

    tifosa (a6a092)

  29. Manic link spamming is so played out, tifosa.

    JD (36b0e9)

  30. JD, its troll fu is unbelievably weak.

    And just look how desperate it is to deflect from the media bias issue. It tries to argue, can’t, so it tries to troll, and can’t.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  31. ho hum…media bias… yaddayaddayadda…

    tifosa (a6a092)

  32. If it is so boring, you can remind yourself that nobody is for ing you to read or comment or purchase. Mandates like that are the found on your side of the aisle. Now, run along to Dylan Ratigan, and get your new talking points. Yours are stale.

    JD (36b0e9)

  33. Surber has a post up about Cain’s tenure at the KC Fed. Seems he was a uniter and well regarded.

    gary gulrud (d88477)

  34. Tifosa

    Fox News Corp is Owned by Murdoch – who is a liberal, supports liberal causes and liberal candidates

    Too many Fox anchors are Liberals Wallace, (well one of his many personalities) Greta, Shep, Huckabee, Geraldo, in fact Shep is on several hours a day. Most of the others like huddy, Kelly, O’Reilly are lefty(albeit mildly) leaning moderates. Very few are hard core and they are Malkin (when she’s on), Ingraham, Fox&Friends weekdays Hume and Gibson.

    Hannity is just a twirling fool so who really knows why he’s still on.

    Hannity was good arguing with a over the top liberal but being on with alan even makes a mild lefty like O’Reilly look Hard core right.

    Hannity reminds me of those democrats who cant afford the taxes

    EricPWJohnson (c5f1fc)

  35. epwj lecturing tiffy…
    Oh, the Humanity!

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (35c310)

  36. 😆

    DohBiden (d54602)

  37. Tifosa is making a point that one of my lefty friends made to me quite a while ago: that FOX News didn’t just report on TEA party rallies after they happened, but extensively “promoted” them in advance, something that — so the lefty claim goes — “real” reporters never do for lefty events. An event is only newsworthy when it happens; predictions that it’s going to happen are not news reporting, they’re advertising.

    So I guess I didn’t know about the “million man march” until after 200K people showed up for it. Which means that when a reporter approached me on a Brooklyn street the day that it was supposed to happen, and asked me for my reaction, I should have said I had no idea what she meant, because I wouldn’t find out about it until the next day. But somehow, I don’t quite remember how, I knew exactly what she was talking about. I guess I must have seen some advertising, though I don’t know where, since pretty much all I was reading in those days was the NYT and some right-wing magazines that certainly weren’t promoting it.

    Milhouse (644f18)

  38. i read an article in “New York” today about Ailes, the fox machine, the deal about beck leaving, from May2011

    tifosa (a6a092)

  39. #36

    tifosa (a6a092)

  40. Milhouse, They were advertised as the “FNC Tax Day TeaParties.”

    tifosa (a6a092)

  41. Milhouse,I have terminal brain death.

    From Obot mafia member Tifosa.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  42. you can see screenshots (4/9/09 Your World w/Cavuto) almost everywhere except on Fox sites ….I wonder why…Another mystery, while we’re on the media bias topic, seems to me Fox (read Hannity, OReilly) is finding it difficult to interview the literate Occupiers. What could THAT be about?

    tifosa (a6a092)

  43. Literate occupiers.

    :roll: Yeah surrrrrrrrrrrrrre and I’m Nancy Pelosi.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  44. ==finding it difficult to interview the literate Occupiers. What could THAT be about==

    Just a guess, you understand– but maybe it’s because the occupiers smell too bad to get close enough to for an interview.

    elissa (274457)

  45. Fox TEA Party promotions…
    Wasn’t most (all) of the hype by Fox “opinionators” such as Hannity, Beck, etc.?

    Opinion v. Reporting

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (35c310)

  46. Hhhm, guess you aren’t watching the live coverage. There are livestream rooms from several of the cities. Just curious, where do you get your info about Occupy?

    tifosa (a6a092)

  47. Straight from the Horse’s ass….
    Pravda West, aka Los Angeles Times (Heh!).

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (35c310)

  48. Fox and friends, Bret Baier, opinion or news?

    tifosa (a6a092)

  49. guess you aren’t watching the live coverage

    which is explainable by the simple fact that we are working, and not holed-up in our Mom’s basement.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (35c310)

  50. Zuccotti park is a public park but it is privately owned.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  51. ==where do you get your info about Occupy?==

    Can’t speak for anyone else, but I get it first hand, Tifosa. They’re occupying my city. I see it with my own eyes and hear it with my own ears. The regular people who live and work in the area and the tourists are not amused.

    Just curious, where are you getting your information?

    elissa (274457)

  52. Oh, and Tifosa, my city has a huge population of immigrants from Poland, and parts of the old Soviet Union. They’re really thrilled (NOT) with the Communiist Party speakers at the Occupy rallies.

    elissa (274457)

  53. Milhouse, Tifosa

    Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly Tea Party rallies but at that time so did many liberal papers because they saw them more critical of The Republicans than that of Obama and the liberla Media – which I consider Fox to be an outlier of, was puching for a third party which O’Reilly and Hannity currently promote today.

    The Liberla Media stopped their support of the Tea Parties and now their constant moral sapping meme that they are finished is due to the fact that all they managed to do was disrupt the Senate elections but they overwhelmed the house

    EricPWJohnson (c5f1fc)

  54. I meant beck Hannity and O’Reilly promoted Tea Party Rallies…

    EricPWJohnson (c5f1fc)

  55. Ironically Walesa an anti-communist doesn’t mind the commies speaking at OWS.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  56. Ninety nine percent
    no way. The occupy crew
    so full of hubris

    elissa (274457)

  57. 150 gathered in my town too, not dirty, dumb..

    tifosa (a6a092)

  58. help for tifosa
    new Tiger Balm for the Ass®
    apply carefully!

    ColonelHaiku (75566b)

  59. Obama’s record
    would prompt media lapdog
    howling in sane world

    ColonelHaiku (75566b)

  60. • tifosa had one
    too many mimosa and
    m00nbat crash and burn
    Comment by ColonelHaiku — 8/7/2011 @ 12:44 pm
    my fave col

    tifosa (a6a092)

  61. tifosa speak of
    the great, unwashed ne’er-do-wells
    lefties in action

    ColonelHaiku (75566b)

  62. don’t block the sidewalk
    I have right to walk there you
    drum banging hippie

    elissa (274457)

  63. trust fund idiots
    clowns looking for hot chicas
    rotten tenured profs

    ColonelHaiku (75566b)

  64. sidewalks of cities
    never need so much hosing
    since Barnum-Bailey

    ColonelHaiku (75566b)

  65. much prefer sound of
    symphony timpani to
    pounding on bucket

    elissa (274457)

  66. police horses smell
    better than occupiers
    much prettier too

    [note: released from moderation. –Stashiu]

    elissa (274457)

  67. I’m sensing that you don’t like this movement…shocking :^) You are the 99%

    tifosa (a6a092)

  68. Tiffy is full Monty manic today

    JD (448fa8)

  69. sweet, that’s a saver too JD ;^)

    tifosa (a6a092)

  70. Dear little tifosa is all upset because “her” movement is clearly being treated differently by the MSM. And as folks on the ‘Net begin really looking into the OWS folk, we get to see all kinds of crazies.

    Now, I remember—and so does tifosa—how the MSM hysterically portrayed unusual people at the TEA parties.

    But “Lotionman,” the lady anti-Semite, and the trustifarian who wanted his tuition paid because, well, he wanted it paid…why, that’s different! Just an aberration.

    Wheels are coming off, tifosa. Your hypocrisy and dishonesty are showing. And in more places than this thread, “ma’am.”

    Simon Jester (39553c)

  71. ==I’m sensing that you don’t like this movement==

    Tifosa– what I don’t like is when people I don’t even know ostensibly speak for me (a “member” of the 99%) and try to include me in their movement. I don’t like it when, without my permission, they march, and bang, and disrupt, and make demands, and incorporate radical speech in my name just because I am in a certain arbitrary numerical segment of the American population they claim to represent.

    The occupiers are free to speak for themselves –but they are not welcome to arrogantly claim they speak for me, or that they represent me, or my “interests”. Their attitude is hubristic and delusional to the max.

    elissa (274457)

  72. ★Fair enough elissa ♥

    tifosa (a6a092)

  73. elissa, well said.

    Clearly the 99% assume everyone is as miserable and self-serving as they, thus can speak for all. As one of the53%, I prefer to speak for myself.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  74. At best, they were the Obama zombies who gave the ones on last night’s WD, a run for their money, at worst, they are a violent nihilistic mob like we
    saw in Rome, the other day.

    ian cormac (0fc95f)

  75. sax and violins
    when you’re in Last Days of Rome
    do as Romans do

    ColonelHaiku (75566b)

  76. I don’t like it when, without my permission, they march, and bang, and disrupt, and make demands, and incorporate radical speech in my name just because I am in a certain arbitrary numerical segment of the American population they claim to represent.

    Great point.

    I think a lot of folks have no idea what the OWS folks are after, but I will just submit that a scant fifth of Americans favor socialism. And though I find that figure disturbingly high, it is not anywhere near 99%.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  77. Dana–thanks for posting the 53% link. Some very enjoyable and hope-inspiring reading there!

    elissa (274457)

  78. Ironically Walesa an anti-communist doesn’t mind the commies speaking at OWS.
    Comment by DohBiden — 10/17/2011 @ 3:59 pm

    He’s just glad that they’re not speaking in Warsaw or Gdansk; that might cause a problem – for the Commies.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (35c310)

  79. Walesa is one of those useless codgers like McCain or Grassley or Lautenberg what just need to stop.

    have some tea and walk your dog if you can and rewatch Buffy from the beginning

    thank you for your service or whatever

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  80. You know, Pikachu, sometimes, actually quite often
    you say things of incredible inanity, and this has to be one of them, Walesa’s Gdansk strike, about 30 years ago, was one of the things that brought the Soviet Union to it’s knees, he’s wrong on this one, but he is do more than his share of respect.

    ian cormac (0fc95f)

  81. that was awesome but we’ve moved onto a new set of existential problems Mr. corwin

    but the codgers haven’t

    and now more than ever if you’re not part of the solution… what are you, lech?

    three guesses grampa

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  82. Hopeless!

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (35c310)

  83. Walesa is one of those useless codgers like McCain or Grassley or Lautenberg what just need to stop

    It’s statements like these that showcase a unique ability to lack the most basic understanding of the historical importance of key figures who both made history and steered history in an exceedingly good direction. Lech Walesa is one such man.

    ColonelHaiku (75566b)

  84. You are often funny, happy, but also often “not right in the head”.

    ColonelHaiku (75566b)

  85. excuse me I mean Mr. *cormac*

    sorry I need a coffee I think if I’m to wrest anything productive from this evening

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  86. just my opinion.

    ColonelHaiku (75566b)

  87. historical figures can blow me while my little country is spending itself into the historical toilet… breathtakingly rapidly

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  88. new meaning to the descriptive “excremental”…

    ColonelHaiku (75566b)

  89. here is a (partial) list of historical figures what can blow me while my little country is spending itself into the historical toilet

    Charles Schulz
    Betsy Ross
    anyone named “Izzy”
    Lee Iacocca
    Ronald Reagan
    Helen Keller
    and Jerry Mathers as The Beaver

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  90. Look at me using ‘what’ in a “funny” way and making stupid pop culture references! My schtick is so tiresome and rarely funny but yet like a drug I just CAN’T STOP!

    crappyfeet (07a5ab)

  91. kettle? this is pot… you’re black!

    ColonelHaiku (75566b)

  92. hah! I been waiting for to share this little treasure Mr. crappy

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  93. 91 was quite entertaining.

    JD (318f81)

  94. When black Tea-partiers are falsely accused of something can the civil rights unions stick up for them?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  95. OK, maybe this is a bit off of the original topic but OWS is closer than some of the discussion-
    I heard Rush today make reference to this article:
    http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-10-11/news/30265911_1_loan-guarantee-wind-farm-solyndra

    I know nothing about the reputation of the Business Insider, so if it is the National Enquirer of business news, please forgive

    Seems the location of OWS is privately owned… ultimately by the same people who just got a ton of money from the federal govt to subsidize a…wind power farm…

    Where can you find a good special prosecutor when you need one, or five…

    [note: released from moderation. –Stashiu]

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  96. Wait just a minute, I see a post authored by me with #97 in front of it, but at the top it says there are 96 posts, and I am not listed on the scroll at the top right…

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  97. that happened to me tonight too for no reason Mr. MD I think it’s just a thing

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  98. they’re out to get us, feets
    here is what I said:
    97.OK, maybe this is a bit off of the original topic but OWS is closer than some of the discussion-
    I heard Rush today make reference to this article:
    http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-10-11/news/30265911_1_loan-guarantee-wind-farm-solyndra

    I know nothing about the reputation of the Business Insider, so if it is the National Enquirer of business news, please forgive

    Seems the location of OWS is privately owned… ultimately by the same people who just got a ton of money from the federal govt to subsidize a…wind power farm…

    Where can you find a good special prosecutor when you need one, or five…

    Comment by MD in Philly — 10/17/2011 @ 8:25 pm

    [note: released from moderation. –Stashiu]

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  99. 100.they’re out to get us, feets
    i tried to copy and paste and the cyberspace ate it again

    the site where the OWS is taking place is privately owned land, owned by a company that also just received a big grant from the govt for a wind mill farm

    uh oh, knocking at the door,
    it’s 3 days of the Condor again (without Faye Dunaway, though)
    I heard about it from the guy in charge of the EIB network
    if you go to his site you can find a link to a business mag

    hopefully this will get through the filter
    BANG!!!!
    There went the door, nice knowin’ ya………….

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  100. Mr. Rush is all we have for a media anymore

    no offense but that’s not America

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  101. What does Lady Dada think of the GOP 2012 field?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  102. I know, deep down I shouldnt ask this… but…..

    Dohbiden – who is Lady Dada

    EricPWJohnson (4380b4)

  103. Just a bit onj this Pew poll:
    http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/rich-noyes/2011/10/17/media-vs-obama-birth-new-campaign-2012-fairy-tale

    If this story is correct, the Pew Poll is worth less than yesterday’s toilet paper.

    Tyrconnell (f3ece6)

  104. Gee! This is UNHEARD OF! Oh, except when you think back to 2009, to the AmericansForProsperity/FoxNewsChannel/FreedomWorks-funded and promoted teaparties.

    Maybe I’m missing it. Have you explained yet how FNC funded the Tea Party?

    Gerald A (7d960d)

  105. Prof. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has compliled the numbers nationwide at 190 locations and totals, with generous rounding to the median, the representatives of the 99% at 70K.

    Faux News reports, you decide.

    gary gulrud (d88477)

  106. 103. Running Amerikkka’s Hope to her appointed rounds–and who at 3 1/2 knows two languages better than Haiku knows his first(last night while playing ‘Baby Seal’ in the tub her retort to some proscription was “Talk to the flippers”)–I listen to the radio heads.

    Rush is a polemic god compared to anyone you can name, pokey.

    gary gulrud (d88477)

  107. I don’t ever listen myself personally … we have people for that

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  108. I was reading way upstream about media sycophants and I can’t help noting the absurdity of MSNBC running the White House Soup of the Day as a daily feature as well as the President’s offical schedule. And how can I not forget Blonde Mika reading White House texts sent to her live. Too incompetent to handle the talking points without prodding, self evidently.

    I suppose it’s possible FNC did all that during the Bush years. But I never saw it. They provided a receptive audience to the Bushies positions, no question, but there wasn’t the ‘fanboy’ stuff like on MSNBC (and check out CNN’s American Morning, home of the ‘if Obama were a band would he be Radiohead or the Beatles’ question).

    East Bay Jay (19f566)


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