Media Narrative

Is the Media deliberately attacking Democratic candidates and praising Republicans? The Daily Howler says yes.

I am not getting into that mess, but what I do find incredibly interesting is that one can already see a narrative being developed in the media:
– Giuliani: pro-choice candidate, strong on defense, hero, might be impossible to win the nomination
– Romney: pretty boy and flip-flopper (and from that strange faith!)
– John McCain: decent, good guy, his own worst enemy though
– Hillary Clinton: inevitable, intelligent, calculating, vicious, overly ambitious
– John Edwards: pretty boy and hypocrite
– Barack Obama: new voice, the revelation of this season, might not be able to challenge Hillary despite all of that

I find it fascinating to see that the media spend a lot of time building images, but do not spend an equal amount of time discussing policies / plans / issues.

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4 Responses to Media Narrative

  1. Ginny Cotts says:

    Not going to get into that ‘mess’? A very moderate position on the face of it.

    In the light of multiple statistical studies and analytical reviews which overwhelmingly support this, I have to invoke the Buddhist idea that moderation in all things also applies to – moderation.

    Or, if the real world or situation is a unquestionable nightmare, can you change that by trying to downplay the negatives and focus on the positives?

    The concept of balanced reporting should be clarified to be proportional reporting. If most of the reality is bad, most of the reporting is going to be if reality is what you are trying to illuminate. The positives that are available can certainly be used to help the discussion on possible causes and solutions.

  2. alrudder says:

    I guess I come down right down the middle. On Thursday night my young Democrats group will watch the debate and discuss it afterwards. My advice to our group is to focus not so much on “issue scorecards” but on the leadership traits of each candidate. “Image” is a key part of your leadership potential, hate to say it.

  3. Ginny Cotts says:


    Image is very important and the MSM has done plenty to let the images of Dem Candidates be repeatedly distorted to the negative.

    This may not apply to a one party debate, it mught produce some additional examples.

    After the first Gore/Bush debate, the polls and focus groups responded with a clear Gore victory. In less tham 2 weeks it was turned to Bush after the pundits and talk radio hosts characterized Gore as being immature.

    Your students might glean some imteresting differences betweem their impressions and what they read in the media. I don’t know if the GOP has another debate anytime soon but comparisons the last two brought up the same ol same ol, stupid questions for the GOP, etc. That analysis was likely done by Media Matters, I am at work and don’t have the links or the time.

  4. Darrell Prows says:

    The left and the right both attack the main stream media, which, in this case, does not mean the media must be doing something well if both sides are dissatisfied. The left is all on about good looking talking heads that have removed almost all of the meat from the news. The right, on the other hand, can’t find a pronounced bias in favor of the right wing in news reporting and argues that that proves favortism towards the left.

    The left argues from a point of view that is concerned about the welfare of the general society. The right, as is typical, is completely self centered.

    Here is an example that I think is not unfair. I’ve seen a report that says that U.S. casualties for the past week in Iraq reached 30 soldiers dead. I had to be observant to find that. The left would argue that a weekly rate putting us on track for 120 dead in a month is more newsworthy than that. The right would argue that the media is owned lock, stock, and barrel by left wing big money because there were no stories about farmers peacefully harvesting rice in the wetlands south of Basra.