I noticed an interesting statistic in Frank Rich’s column on Sunday http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/opinion/24rich.html?_r=1&oref=slogin which I just got around to reading last night.
But as Geroge Mason University’s Center for Media and Public Affairs documented in its study of six weeks of TV new reports this summer, Obamas’s coverage was 28 percent positive and 72 percent negative. (For McCain, the split was 43/57.))
I think this is in part because the TV continually reports on McCain’s advertisments which are increasingly negative. (Hey, John. What happened to your positive campaign?) The pundits also fail to point out McCain’s falsehoods and flip-flops. As I have written before when is the mainstream media going to report on Cindy McCain’s money and lies about her family? (someone other than the New York Times, that is. ) I guess the humanitarian trip to Georgia is supposed to soften her image somehow.
Eric Alterman has some good things to say on this subject in The Nation. http://www.thenation.com/blogs/campaignmatters/348595
I keep hoping the media coverage of the Obama/Biden ticket will take a positive turn which will, I trust, lift the polls.