Right-wing candidates received more news coverage from mainstream media during the 2010 mid-term election season, according to a recent study.
A Pew Research Center survey found that although the Democratic President Barack Obama topped the list, the next three of the top 10 candidates in the media spotlight were members of the so-called tea party movement.
Directly running behind Obama’s coverage and leading the conservative pack was GOP candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware.
“O’Donnell’s upset over Congressman Mike Castle — as well as her penchant for controversial statements (some of them well in the past) about everything from dabbling in witchcraft to the separation of church and state — has made her a media favorite,” the Pew report said.
Another survey performed by AOL’s Relegence team that compared coverage of liberals and conservatives over the last year in over 30,000 news websites was also as revealing.
- New Report Exposes Media Love Affair with Right-Wingers and the Fox News Worldview: ‘Reporters Can’t get Enough’ (alternet.org)
- Keith Olbermann Touts AOL Report That Shows Conservative Bias in Amount of Media Coverage (mediaite.com)
- GOP Actions Often Defied What Most Americans Want On Key Issues Tackled During Lame Duck Session (huffingtonpost.com)
- Voters Used Cell Phones For Election News (informationweek.com)
- Outgoing Dem: ‘Stovepiping of news’ to blame for centrists’ woes (thehill.com)
- Chris Weigant: My 2010 “McLaughlin Awards” [Part 2] (huffingtonpost.com)
- How Did Americans Use Their Phones in the 2010 Midterm Election? [STATS] (mashable.com)
- Politics by cell phone: Pew Research Post Election Survey (textually.org)
One of the reasons Barack Obama is president is because when the U.S. economy was falling off a cliff, he was the adult in the room, and John McCain wasn’t. When the stock market imploded in September 2008, McCain, who had just earned a shoot-from-the-hip reputation for picking Sarah Palin as his running mate, flailed. He couldn’t decide what policies to back. He put his campaign on hold, then quickly reversed himself. He was clueless. Obama, on the other hand, eschewed the drama, joined the chorus of convention in favor of the too-hastily-constructed bailout for Wall Street, and came across as a steady and mature fellow. Obama, the rookie senator, looked like a leader. McCain, the longtime lawmaker and Vietnam veteran, looked like a desperate nervous Nellie. It was perhaps the most decisive moment in the general campaign.
Obama is now heading toward something of a repeat showdown — but not with McCain, whose crankiness is undermining his influence. The president’s face-off will be with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the GOP leader in the Senate. And, if Obama gets his wish, the issue again will be: Who’s the grown-up here? More…
- John Mccain Needs to Get Over His Loss to Obama (socyberty.com)
- McConnell explains Republican approach to legislating (shortformblog.com)
- Republican chaos could help Obama (capitolhillblue.com)
- John McCain To Tea Party: ‘Grab Your Pitchforks’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- McConnell: We don’t need no stinkin’ Russian nuclear treaty (capitolhillblue.com)
- Mitch McConnell On Democrats: “If They Think It’s Bad Now, Wait ‘Till Next year” (alan.com)
- John McCain Tries to Strike Again (themoderatevoice.com)
The David Pakman Show was not on my “liberal biased media” radar until today. I like what he has to say in the short clips below and wanted to share them.
TDPS: Time for a REAL Progressive Language Takeover…For-progress, or anti-progress?
Once again, say what you will about Barack Obama. There is no doubt in my mind that he is sincerely concerned when it comes to the troops…
HONOLULU — President Barack Obama capped a quiet Christmas Saturday with a surprise visit to a Marine base to thank U.S. troops for the sacrifices they’ve made, including being away from their families at the holidays.
The president, along with his wife, Michelle Obama, spent more than an hour shaking hands and hugging service members who had arrived for Christmas dinner at the mess hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. It’s the third year in a row the Obamas have visited the base on Christmas.
The president, dressed casually in a short-sleeved shirt and dark grey pants for the most visible outing of his Hawaiian vacation thus far, made no formal remarks, instead greeting service members individually. He told one athletic-looking man that he should join Obama’s basketball team so the president could avoid getting an “elbow in the lip”, a reference to the injury Obama suffered during a game last month.
With U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and other outposts around the world, the Obamas also used the president’s weekly radio and Internet address to encourage Americans to find ways to support service members during the holiday season.
“Let’s all remind them this holiday season that we’re thinking of them, and that America will forever be here for them, just as they’ve been there for us,” the president said.
Mrs. Obama , who has made working with military families one of her top priorities as first lady, said Americans don’t need to be experts in military life in order to give back to those who serve their country. She urged the public to reach out through their schools and churches, or volunteer with organizations that support military families. More…
- Obama caps quiet family Christmas with visit to U.S. troops (theglobeandmail.com)
- Obama Caps Quiet Christmas By Visiting U.S. Troops (huffingtonpost.com)
- A quiet and private Christmas morning for Obamas (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Obamas visit Marines, families at Hawaii base (msnbc.msn.com)
We actually had a brief “white” Christmas here in Atlanta. Snow fell here about 4:00 pm on Christmas Day. It lasted for about a half hour. The kids were excited, but couldn’t go outside because they all had colds.
At about 5:30 pm it started to rain and what little snow accumulated had quickly disappeared.
A winter storm that brought a rare white Christmas to parts of the South was barreling up the East Coast early Sunday, with forecasters predicting 6 to 10 inches of snow for Washington and blizzard conditions for New York City and New England.
Airlines canceled hundreds of Sunday flights in the Northeast corridor, with more likely to come as the storm intensifies.
Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency early Sunday or Saturday night. As North Carolina road crews tried to clear snowy and icy highways, Mid-Atlantic officials spent Christmas Day preparing for up to a foot of snow, plunging temperatures and high winds.
“Our concern is tomorrow it’s going to get significantly colder,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told The Weather Channel on Saturday evening. “Winds with gusts up to 45 miles per hour will cause blowing snow and that’s going to cause the worst of it … and we’re urging extreme caution in travel. Try to get home early and if you don’t have to travel don’t go.” More…
- Major winter storm barrels up East Coast (ctv.ca)
- Major winter storm barrels up East Coast (ajc.com)
- Holiday Travel 2010: Winter Weather Batters East Coast (huffingtonpost.com)
- New York, Boston, East Coast Cities Face Post-Christmas Snow (businessweek.com)
- Winter storm blasts NC, takes aim at East Coast (ajc.com)