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Monday, February 09, 2004

Fair and Balanced In General

Today’s Washington Post reviews a report comparing the coverage of presidential candidates on the CBS, ABC and NBC nightly news:

“From Jan. 1 through the New Hampshire primary, says the Center for Media and Public Affairs, 96 percent of the comments about John Edwards were positive. Next in line were John Kerry (79 percent positive), Wesley Clark (68 percent positive) and Howard Dean (52 percent positive).”


“The horse race still reigned supreme: Only 17 percent of stories focused on issues or proposals, while 71 percent examined polls or strategy."