Monday, August 18, 2008

A Discrepancy In Numbers

Not only has NBC been in the tank for Obama (in the last post was but one example), the Ombudsman for the Washington Post has noticed a disparity in coverage between Obama and McCain.

Democrat Barack Obama has had about a 3 to 1 advantage over Republican John McCain in Post Page 1 stories since Obama became his party's presumptive nominee June 4. Obama has generated a lot of news by being the first African American nominee, and he is less well known than McCain -- and therefore there's more to report on. But the disparity is so wide that it doesn't look good.


Translation: There is an acceptable level of disparity due to the novelty of Obama's successful campaign thus far, but it can be (and has been) carried way too far.

It's easy to like a guy that can address a stadium full of people in an eloquent fashion. Doing so, generates real news. No argument here. But, when every story seems to show one candidacy as some kind of catharsis that stands to heal the world of everything Bush has created and the other as some old outdated, antiquated, obsolete person that stands for everything the President stands for; we not only have a disparity in news coverage, we have a distinct discrepancy.



3 comments:

Mary Ellen said...

And with all this positive news coverage, Obama STILL can't get above 50% in the polls and is either dead even with McCain or just one point ahead. Considering the state of the economy and the war, after eight disastrous years of Bush, the Democratic nominee at this stage of the game should be ten to fifteen points ahead. Think of it...this is before McCain and the GOP has even begun to go after Obama!

I'm still not convinced that Obama can't beat McCain, I think it's going to be a tight race, but the fact that Obama can't even secure what should be his base....doesn't bode well for him or the DNC, IMHO.

LASunsett said...

ME,

I find it hard to believe that with all of this information available to us, all of these numbers, and all of these Obama gaffes, more superdelegates won't switch back to Clinton when the floor vote comes.

I have been reading the pro-Hillary blogs and there is a definite backlash coming. Put that with Hillary not releasing her delegates and I think there may be something in the works for the convention.

I could be wrong though.

Greg said...

M-E! Good to "see" you.

I voted for Hillary in the primary; now the logical thing is for you to vote McCain in the general election. I did you; you do me. It's only fair....