The survey released yesterday by the Washington-based Project for Excellence in Journalism found that 59 percent of the stories that were primarily about Bush from Oct. 1-14 were negative in tone, compared to only 25 percent of the stories about Kerry. And while 34 percent of the Kerry coverage was favorable, a mere 14 percent of the president's coverage put him in a positive light. The survey examined 817 stories from The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Columbus Dispatch, and The Miami Herald; the evening and morning news programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC; PBS's nightly newscast, CNN's ''NewsNight With Aaron Brown;" and the Fox News Channel's ''Special Report With Brit Hume."
considering that Oct. 1-14 probably doesn't include much about A) the discredited but oft-repeated Swift Boat attacks on Kerry, B) the positive spin for Bush coming off the Republican Convention at the beginning of September and C) the fact a lot of people get their "news" from pundits and talking heads.
i would like to see an a 6-month analysis after the fact, similar to the Bush/Gore comparisons in 2000, that showed Gore received much more negative press for false or inconsequential stories ('inventing the internet,''Love Story,'etc.) while the questionable Bush statements ('by far, the vast majority of my tax cuts go to the middle class,' 'two division not being ready for duty,' etc.) went unchallenged.