Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Power of Press Bias

Nets give 'Bridgegate' 17 times more coverage in 1 day than IRS scandal in 6 months | Within 24 hours there is a special prosecutor and wall to wall media coverage while the systematic use of the IRS to persecute the administration's political enemies in the run up to the presidential election and it is no story. Christy has a press conference that goes hours while Obama gets a couple of questions and is later allowed to get away with passing the whole thing off as a trumped up scandal. And it is not a story.
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The press is always indignantly denying that it is biased by pointing to its fact checking procedures, but the real power of the press is not to outright lie but to ignore.

Here is an excellent analysis of the difference in coverage the two issues have received from the press by Andrew Stiles. 

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