Bush Battered By Critical Press

Have you noticed that the polls have shown a tightening race between Bush and Kerry? Looking for answers? Here’s a good place to start. From The Washington Times INSIDER:

The press has “battered” President Bush this election season, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism analysis of 817 print and broadcast stories that ran between Oct. 1 and Oct. 14.

Mr. Bush “suffered strikingly more negative press coverage than challenger John Kerry,” according to the study, which will be released today.

“Overall, 59 percent of Bush-dominated stories were clearly negative in nature,” while “just 25 percent of Kerry stories were decidedly negative,” according to the study.

The District-based group was succinct in defining a negative tone, reasoning that if combined headlines and content contained statements that were at least two-to-one critical of the politician in question, the story was deemed negative.

Both print and broadcast news organizations were critical of Mr. Bush.

Newspapers were the hardest on the president: 68 percent of daily stories or editorials about Mr. Bush were classified as negative, compared with only 26 percent of the stories about Mr. Kerry.

More than half of network TV news reports criticized Mr. Bush, while just 17 percent of the stories about Mr. Kerry were negative.Previously I asserted that John Kerry was a Teflon candidate, but it turns I was wrong. When it comes to critical media coverage he’s just the Invisible Man.

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