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Media: October 31, 2006

MSM Promotes the Democratic Party

For those who have followed the election coverage of the major news networks this study came as no surprise:

An analysis by the Center for Media and Public Affairs of midterm election stories aired on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts Sept. 5-Oct. 22 found that 2006's coverage has been almost five times as heavy as in the 2002 midterm elections: 167 stories, compared with 35 four years ago.

The study found that three out of four evaluations of Democratic candidates' chances of winning — such as sound bites — were positive, compared with one out of eight for Republicans. Coverage has been dominated by two major themes: the effects of the Foley scandal, and the impact the Bush presidency is having on the party's congressional candidates.

As it turns out, election coverage on the networks has been dominated by coverage of Mark Foley, the disgraced Republican from Florida who is not a candidate.

Yet, Republicans say they have some good news in early-voting statistics that suggest their voter-turnout machine is providing an edge in some tight races.

Posted by tim at October 31, 2006 6:53 AM




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