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Friday, June 04, 2004

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"Fair and balanced"?

The Center for Media and Public Affairs has an article entitled "Bush Whacked", in which they state, "During the 11 days of the 9/11 Commission--headlined by the testimonies of Richard Clarke and Condoleeza Rice on Capitol Hill--every opinion aired about President Bush on the nightly newscasts was negative.

This contrasts sharply with the 57 percent favorable coverage given to Bush during the Iraq war and the 31 percent favorable coverage in the six-months after the “Mission: Accomplished” end of major combat operations."

Readers should note that the 57 percent favorable coverage during the war was due to the embedded reporters. The press has since roundly criticized the embedded reporting claiming that it was "shameful" among other things. Apparently "fair and balanced" means "no more than one third positive".