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Sweet blog special: Harvard's Shorenstein Center and Project for Excellence in Journalism study finds Obama gets the most positive press treatment.

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WASHINGTON--A study on press treatment on president candidates the Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy finds White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) "enjoyed by far the most positive treatment of the major candidates during the first five months of the year." For entire study of the Invisible Primary LINK

EXCERPTS FROM THE STUDY....


"In the early months of the 2008 presidential campaign, the media had already winnowed the race to mostly five candidates and offered Americans relatively little information about their records or what they would do if elected, according to a comprehensive new study of the election coverage across the media.

The press also gave some candidates measurably more favorable coverage than others. Democrat Barack Obama, the junior Senator from Illinois, enjoyed by far the most positive treatment of the major candidates during the first five months of the year—followed closely by Fred Thompson, the actor who at the time was only considering running. Arizona Senator John McCain received the most negative coverage—much worse than his main GOP rivals.

Tone of Coverage
Percent of All Stories

Positive
Negative

Hillary Clinton
26.9
37.8

Barack Obama
46.7
15.8

Rudy Giuliani
27.8
37.0

John McCain
12.4
47.9

Meanwhile, the tone of coverage of the two party front runners, New York Senator Hillary Clinton and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, was virtually identical, and more negative than positive, according to the study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. "

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I checked the "Invisible Primary LINK" to verify the following quote: "In the early months of the 2008 presidential campaign, the media had already winnowed the race to mostly five candidates...", and I found the following additional comment (in fine print, between the lines).

"We, the media, have spoken. The rest of you so-called candidates can fold your little bitty tents and get on down the road. Shoo, shoo. Fly away."

This report has confirmed my suspicions all along, that the media is liberal and is bias in favor of the Democrats. There is no objectivity in news reporting that I can tell. Also, it's time for the FCC to begin classifying these programs as "entertainment". Consider NBC's Today program, "everywhere you go, there we are". Now is that a scary proposition or what? Everywhere you go, there we are? The effort these news programs are making to interject themselves in to the daily lives of people is very 1984. Rather than surveillance, the media is brainwashing America with their own biases hoping that you will think like them. The media is more of a threat to the saftey of the U.S. than the Al Qaeda.

Consider how much time they are on the air, they are becoming increasingly disingenuous in the process. What is this about making celebrities out of newscasters. There is not one newscaster working today worthy of the title. Frankly, I would prefer the guy off the street to read the news if it helped make the news more objective.

oh my god sweet. are you actually getting paid for being obama's press agent ? if not you should . your shameless campaigning for barry is a disgrace . i mean i even realize that fox news is conservative and most papers are liberal. but have just a little integrity pulleeeze .

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