What a waste of time and money this study was:
Sen. John Kerry has gotten the white-glove treatment from the press, garnering more praise from journalists than any other presidential candidate in the last quarter-century, according to a new analysis of almost 500 news stories released today by the Center for Media and Public Affairs.
“It’s not just that John Kerry has gotten better press than President Bush before this election, he’s gotten better press than anyone else since 1980. That’s significant,” said Bob Lichter, director of the D.C.-based nonpartisan research group.
“Kerry also got better press than anyone else in the days before the primaries as well,” Mr. Lichter added.
In October alone, Mr. Kerry had a “record-breaking 77 percent positive press evaluations,” compared with 34 percent positive for Mr. Bush, the study states.
Unprecedented, untrammeled accolades for Mr. Kerry were more than debate-related bounce, however. Since Labor Day, he also had a total of 58 percent positive stories, with just 36 percent for Mr. Bush.
The only upside to a Kerry victory is that once the press realizes what they have done- elect a marginal candidate who is, in the words of Howard Fineman, a ‘phenomenal phony’, they will turn on him with a viciousness that will be just disgusting. That leaves me with mixed feelings, because a failed Kerry Presidency does none of us any good, but it will be nice to see the Democrats getting what they deserve.
However, the behavior of the press has been shameful for the last four years. If Bush is re-elected, he will have done so despite fighting three wars- one against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, one against Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist regime, and one against the media.
If you doubt the bias in the press regarding Kerry, just look at this quote from a Brokaw interview that has received NO ATTENTION:
Brokaw: Someone has analyzed the President’s military aptitude tests and yours, and concluded that he has a higher IQ than you do.
Kerry: That’s great. More power. I don’t know how they’ve done it, because my record is not public. So I don’t know where you’re getting that from.
But I thought you released all your military records, Sen. Kerry?