The Double Standard Continues; New Report Reveals Further Disparate Coverage in McCain's Favor

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The Double Standard Continues; New Report Reveals Further Disparate Coverage in McCain's Favor

WASHINGTON - Media Matters
for America
today
released a study revealing that while the media frequently covered the
McCain campaign's claims about Sen. Barack Obama's ties to Chicago developer Antoin
Rezko and former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers, they almost completely
ignored Sen. John McCain's involvement in land deals and his relationship
with convicted Watergate felon G. Gordon Liddy. In April, Media Matters released a separate study showing an enormous disparity
between coverage of Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. and coverage of McCain
and Pastor John Hagee.

"Conservative
cries of 'liberal media bias' are laughable," said J. Jioni
Palmer, National Press Secretary for Media
Matters
. "The media showed a willingness to report every
McCain claim about Obama. From Rezko to Ayers, McCain's attacks have
driven media coverage while the media gave McCain a pass on stories that should
have gotten their scrutiny."

Media
Matters looked at election coverage in
the
five major newspapers -- the Los Angeles
Times
, The New York Times,
USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post -- and the three
evening network news broadcasts through Election Day, comparing the media's
reporting of Obama's associations with Rezko and Ayers to the treatment of
McCain's involvement in land deals and his association with Liddy. The results,
available online in the report, show that while the major newspapers frequently
mentioned Obama's ties to Ayers and Rezko, they rarely mentioned McCain's
reported involvement in his donors' land dealings or his association with
Liddy. Additionally, the three evening network news broadcasts mentioned
Obama's ties to Ayers and Rezko several times, but never reported on
McCain's association with Liddy or his reported facilitation of land deals that
benefited donors.

Additionally, while the mainstream media have been busy covering the
McCain campaign's attacks, conservative radio hosts have been pushing baseless lies and smears about Sen. Obama to their
millions of listeners coast to coast.

KEY
FINDINGS:

  • The
    Washington Post
    published two news articles and one
    opinion piece that mentioned McCain's ties to Liddy, compared to 58
    news articles and 35 editorials or opinion pieces mentioning Obama and
    Ayers.
  • ABC's World News, the CBS Evening News, and NBC's Nightly News all failed to air a
    single report that mentioned McCain's association with Liddy, but
    collectively aired 25 reports mentioning Obama's association with
    Ayers.
  • The
    New York Times
    published one article and one editorial
    that mentioned McCain-facilitated land deals compared to 16 news articles
    and two opinion pieces mentioning Obama and Rezko.
  • ABC's World News, the CBS Evening News, and NBC's Nightly News all failed to air a
    single report that mentioned McCain-facilitated land deals, but
    collectively aired five reports mentioning Obama and Rezko.

** For Complete Report, CLICK HERE
**

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