Friday, July 18, 2008

 

ABC/Wapo shuffles the coverage of their own poll to create news favoring McCain

What is it with the media's love affair with McCain? He flip flops on 61 issues and they're all over Obama for about 5. From Media Matters:
In disclosing the results of their poll, conducted July 10-13, ABC News and The Washington Post issued staggered releases, withholding from their first release on July 14 poll results favorable to Sen. Barack Obama, including the finding that 50 percent of registered voters would vote for Obama "[i]f the 2008 presidential election were being held today" versus 42 percent who favored Sen. John McCain. A partial release of the results, "embargoed for release after 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2008," was titled "McCain Stays Competitive on Iraq; It's About More than Withdrawal" and disclosed the results of only 10 questions relating to foreign policy.

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Following the July 14 release, ABCNews.com posted an analysis of only the foreign policy poll results under the headline "McCain Tops Obama in Commander-in-Chief Test; Stays Competitive on Iraq." Similarly, Time magazine senior political analyst Mark Halperin linked to the ABCNews.com analysis using the headline: "Poll: McCain Wins More Confidence as Commander in Chief." In a July 15 article headlined "Poll Finds Voters Split on Candidates' Iraq-Pullout Positions," the Post reported only the poll results disclosed in the first release. The article did not mention Obama's 8-point lead over McCain among registered voters on who they would vote for "[i]f the 2008 presidential election were being held today."

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On July 15, the day after the initial release, ABC News and the Post issued a second release disclosing the results of 18 questions "embargoed for release after 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2008." Included in the release was the result that overall, Obama leads McCain by 8 percentage points among registered voters. Additionally, the release stated: "Obama continues to hold most of the advantages in the presidential race, in enthusiasm, levels of partisanship, personal qualities and trust on top domestic issues, notably No. 1, the economy; and he's improved in the past month among swing voter groups." The release noted that Obama leads McCain by 19 percentage points on the question of which candidate respondents "trust more to handle the economy."
I don't know how you can be more blatant in your bias when you have to reconstruct your own news. It's like ABC and Washington Post turned it over to the McCain PR committee. I guess since the media giants aren't 527s the coordination meets the criteria of campaign finance reform.

I guess it's not of major importance, but Obama finally hit the 50 percent threshold (even 2 points higher when Rob Barr is factored in), while McCain hasn't hit 45 percent since Obama clinched the nomination.

Comments:
I told you Eric, the media has it in for Obama.
 
Love affair with McCain?

All 3 nightly news anchors are tailing Obama on his upcoming trip to the Middle East. That's 3 more than McCain had on his last trip there.
 
ABC and the WaPo love McCain?

What color is the sky in Counselorville?
 
Love affair with McCain?

All 3 nightly news anchors are tailing Obama on his upcoming trip to the Middle East. That's 3 more than McCain had on his last trip there


Watch the coverage and see how many gotchas they can squeeze in and then you'll understand why, Simpy.

If Obama really wants the Corporate Media on his side he has to come up with a better offer than the 25% max tax rate McCain is promising them. Don't forget, every one of those corp media news outlets is tied in with conglomerates consisting of many other corporations. Start adding up the combined tax savings and it's a no-brainer as to why the Media celebrity anchors and anchor hopefuls will do everything they can do to assist in getting John McCain elected.
If you get NBC, just watch the pandering spin Kelli O'Donald does on behalf of her assigned candidate. Whatever the dimwit says, she always ends her reports on an up note for McCain. Sickening.
 
Remember ABC's pathetic debate during the Democratic primary?
 
You mean the "get Obama" debate? That Obama didn't smack Stephanopolis was an great example of his cooleness under fire.
 
ABC is notoriously conservative. Everybody sees the Washington Post as liberal because they broke Watergate, but they really aren't very liberal in any sense of the word.
 
Not liberal in any sense of the word. They have an insider mentality that is incapable of objectivity due to their dependence on access in secretive Washington today. This is soft fascism's way of censoring the news.
 
Fascism is quite strong to describe the Washington Post, but you're right, they aren't anywhere near as liberal as publicly perceived.
 
The WP is a tool of soft fascism, not fascism itself.
 
I still think it's melodramatic.
 
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