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  • Today's Media Script

       January 20, 2005

    James noted yesterday how coverage of Bush's inauguration has focused on the cost and the protests. Unfortunately for our depressed press, this constant negative coverage failed to inspire the American people to rise up and take back the country from the majority of folks who voted for Bush.

    Understandably, the press is in a foul mood today. I liken it to me having to cover the Minnesota Vikings' Super Bowl Championship parade (Ha! As if that'll ever happen.) And, to make matters worse, there are all these bloggers and amateur media critics out there pointing out how slanted their coverage really is. What's a depressed, but wary, member of the liberal mainstream media to do? Well, I think they try to get their digs in at the President in ways most people won't notice, like how on November 3rd, a photo of Bush on CNN.com was titled "asshole.jpg". Or how, today, on Inauguration Day, captions to photos all tell the same story on photo after photo:

    President Bush was sworn in for a second term on Thursday and pledged to work to heal a country divided by the Iraq war. Bush, who begins his second term with the lowest approval rating of any returning president except Richard Nixon

    Ladies and gentlemen, that's the story for the day and nothing else. It's not about a celebration of American democracy or the inauguation of a man that most American voters chose to lead us for the next four years. Nope, today is about ripping on the President.

    There's no good reason for that sentence to be included with so many photos from today. Did pictures from Clinton's Presidential Library opening include a line or two about his tawdry affair with Monica Lewinsky? If they did, I couldn't find any. In fact, all I found were rapturous descriptions of the Golden Age of Clinton.

    I'm so far beyond wanting to see positive coverage of Bush, but for just one day would it kill the press to be fair and balanced?


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    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: james at January 20, 2005 08:26 PM

    Richard Nixon won his second term in the biggest landslide victory in history.

    http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/electoral_college/scores.html#1972
    Winner: 47,169,911 Main Opponent: 29,170,383

    No one has matched or bettered that record, before or since.

    Also, the media neglects to mention that Nixon's "approval rating" went right back up.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=393736&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312
    "President Nixon's approval was in the 60s right after his 1972 re-election, slid to about 50 percent right before his inauguration and then moved back over 60 percent."

    Gee, I wonder why that is ... 60 60 60 60 5x 60 60 60

    looks like an outlier to me.

     
     

     

     


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