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Media Coverage of 2008 Election

Cable News Covering The DNC With Republican Cue Cards

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The DNC coverage this week definitely appears to follow a preordained law: When the Republicans attack, repeat the attack over and over. When the Democrats attack, attack the Democrats. It explains everything we're observing on cable news this week.

And The Talking Heads Run On, Gavel To Gavel

Beverly Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Davis

Stay tuned! Rest assured there's more "election coverage" coming at you from one of the many "best political teams" on television. My advice: Switch to C-Span.

Networks Sleep While Democracy Burns

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

While the networks yuk it up with sitcoms and teen libido, the message they're sending the American public is that the most important political gatherings of the last four years don't merit the nation's full attention.

Obama's Convention Danger

Zachary Karabell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zachary Karabell

Obama's strength is and has been the degree to which he promises a break from the way we've come to understand national politics. That is the opposite of the stage-managed convention.

Brangelina, Meet O'Biden!

Danielle Celena Belton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danielle Celena Belton

Seriously, though, Obiden? Unless Barack Obama and Mighty Joe Oldster are "doin' it" they should not have a Portmanteau.

Spike Lee: "I Don't Do Fox News"

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

I suspect Lee wasn't the first person -- nor the last -- to tell Fox where they could put their microphone.

Black Magic

Nicholas Stephanopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicholas Stephanopoulos

If the race continues to tighten, Obama may have to select between victory and honor, black magic and white. McCain has already made his choice. Obama's moment of decision is nigh.

The Game Is Over--The Media and Rick Warren Can't Protect McCain Anymore

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

When it comes to Barack Obama, the news media does its job with a vengeance. When Obama goes to Germany and draws a crowd of 200,000 they ask if he's ...

McCain Thinks the Media is Out to Get Him...Try Not to Laugh

Paul Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Waldman

Many journalists decided long ago that McCain is just different from other politicians. They declare McCain innocent of all sins associated with other members of his profession, no matter how often he commits them.

Why Does the Media and the American Public Allow McCain to Ignore the Facts with No Consequences?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If Britney or Paris were to claim they were virgins, the media and public would go into apoplexy, but McCain can be equally dishonest about important policy issues, and virtually nobody says a word.

McCain In His Memoirs: "It Had Become My Ambition To Be President"

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

McCain's self-confessed "ambition to be president" isn't part of any media analysis when it comes to his own attacks against Obama on the same issue.

The Exotic Candidate Is The One With Eight Houses

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The barbecue media script for this election has crow-barred Sen. Obama into the incongruous frame of the exotic effete elitist, irrespective of the fact that, on all counts, he's absolutely none of those things.

The Media's Problem Of "False Balance" Showing Itself In Electoral Map Analyses

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

What is particularly noteworthy is where the media bias lies: it's a clear willingness to give John McCain (R) the benefit of the doubt, but not Barack Obama (D).

MSNBC Coverage of Obama & McCain Spouses

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

Viewers got a breakdown of polls in "three states" where Cindy McCain was leading Michelle Obama as the preferred choice for First Lady.

Barack Obama Joins 2.5 Million Fellow Americans In Vacation Elitism

Oliver Willis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Oliver Willis

So, the idiot meme du jour is that Barack Obama is once again going back to the well of elitism by going on vacation to Hawaii. Really.

Bill Clinton, Race Baiting and Phallic Symbols

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

You know Democrats are in trouble when the only two-term Democratic president since F.D.R. is reduced to stating he's "not a racist."

Of Sharks in the Water, Superdelegates, and Hannah Montana's Breasts

Andrew Foster Altschul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andrew Foster Altschul

What the news media is selling is dangerous: Wright, Obama and Clinton, Iraq and health insurance and Hannah Montana all get stirred into the same idiotic, phony pot.

Shuffling the Race Card Out of the Deck

Marie Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marie Wilson

It's time to ask that that our media and our candidates discontinue the "card" narrative, and prevent us from funneling our history of racism and sexism into a storyline of games and strategy.

Despite Media Narrative, Obama Leads By Over 100 Electoral Votes According To Independent Groups

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

With all the breathlessness over the minute movements in the irrelevant national polls, the one thing no one seems to be noticing is that the electoral map is still trending very poorly for McCain.

Deluded We Stand On Race And Gender

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Bias festers beneath a surface sporadic civility in America that we have all seen break down under pressure of the current election cycle.

Revolution March Blacked Out By Media

Jordan Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jordan Page

We need to be aware that we live in a country where the only individuals who are allowed to be viable candidates for president are those who fit into the picture that corporate interests.

McCain's Wrong Again: The Press Has Turned On Obama

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leonce Gaiter

I guess the Uppity One on a World Tour was just too much for their lily-white hearts. There are, after all, rules. In the Willa Cather world the Washington press corps inhabit, decorum is life.

Raining on All the Parades

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Franken

As someone who has consistently tried to be a skunk at every candidate's picnic, I have agonized watching colleagues' adoring coverage of Obama and his non-stop photo-ops.

The Media is Misframing Obama

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Amitai Etzioni

Desperate to find some fault, the "balanced reporting" on a series of events that was clearly a major "one-sided" success, the media complained that Obama's speech in Berlin lacked specifics.

Mr. America

Mike Bonifer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

The Legion of Conservative Blowhards sit at a leather-upholstered booth at the Blood Rare Steak House, swirling martini glasses, pinkie rings and pearls glittering against crystal and candlelight.