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Saturday, January 21, 2006

 

Pettit: MMfA proves Clinton's Monica story got 4 times more media attention than Bush's NSA spying story

The "Liberal Media" myth exposed - By John Pettit, right

We have all had many encounters with the myth of the dreaded "Liberal Media". It is all too often difficult to refute adequately, which makes this one all the better. As far as the New York Times and the Washington Post are concerned,
Media Matters for America provides real proof that those two supposed bastions of liberal bias have no such bias. If there IS a bias, it is in favor of the RepubliCON Right.

This is the key summary comparing the media's treatment of the Monica story and the Bush spy story on the day each broke:

"All told, on January 22, 1998, the Times and the Post ran 19 articles (five on the front page) dealing with the Clinton investigation, totaling more than 20,000 words and reflecting the words of at least 28 reporters -- plus the editorial boards of both newspapers.

In contrast, on December 17, the Times and the Post combined to run five articles about the NSA spying operation, involving 12 reporters and consisting of 6,303 words."

Here's the link for the complete article. Use it often, pound the CONS on their pointy little heads with it:

http://mediamatters.org/items/200601210001#1

D.H.: Al Franken's book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, devotes an entire chapter to debunking this myth, chapter 7, pp. 37-50. (NY: Dutton, 2003).

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