Media overly critical of Obama

By Diego Del Campo

Just to elaborate on how the media has been critical of Obama, at least in this election cycle:

I know this is compiled by the McCain camp, but I think it’s a fair representation (except for one or two clips) of how the media has treated Obama ever since the day he won the Iowa caucuses. The two SNL sketches skewering moderator’s behavior at the Democratic debates during the primaries also hit the same point.

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4 responses to “Media overly critical of Obama

  1. Tony Robinson

    Diego: Thanks for this post. Your title is a bit strange, since the point of the clip is that the media is actually too much in love with Obama–not that they are overly critical. What do you mean by the title?

    Also, the video (though very funny and informative) is pretty dated by now. Yes, there was a clear argument out there several months ago that the media was in love with Obama–but that kind of sentiment needs updating with recent facts about how the media has covered events–because a lot has changed in the last month. At least a more recent video or analysis would be good on this point.

    Two months ago, it was undeniable that the Dems and Obama were receiving far more media coverage than McCain, but in the last month, McCain/Palin clearly have been the focus of attention. So on the issue of overall media coverage, it can no longer be said that Obama is dominating.

    As for whether the spin for Obama is mostly positive–there are a few factors that point against this.

    1) Fox News is a leading Cable outlet, and Limbaugh is the #1 radio show. When two of the dominating leaders are adamantly anti-Obama, and are well-known among all the scholarly community as right-wing, how can it be said that the media in general love Obama? It doesn’t match the facts.

    2) Though Obama received a lot of attention–its not always good to receive lots of attention. During the Obama-coverage-fest of this spring and summer, highlights included his failure to wear a flag pin, Reverend Wright for several weeks, the Obama-Hillary battle, and the fact that maybe he was a Muslim. These things are not “lovefest” coverage. There was plenty negative out there.

    3) A leading university study of all media commentary on McCain and Obama have found the media far more likely to say negative things about Obama than about McCain.

    To see detail on that study and other thoughts on this subject, you might be interested in a post I just added to our class blog. Search my author name, or search for key words “a pro-obama media.” I wrote this some time ago on a different blog, so it is dated but still has some relevant details.

  2. Diego Del Campo

    Tony, I don’t disagree. You’re right with your first point, that Fox News still dominates cable news among viewers, and that, obviously Fox has a bias that’s not in Obama’s favor.

    I agree, the dynamics of the campaign have changed since the primaries, but I still think that the media is still by and large in the tank for Obama (the clip about the Middle East trip was well into the general election). In all my years of watching “The O’Reilly Factor” I never watched O’Reilly defend Bush, or any Republican as pompously and disgustingly as Keith Olbermann defends Obama.

    Palin may have added a layer of “excitement” in the media, but it’s not the same. The last time I watched “Hardball” Matthews was on-air reading the Obama camp’s talking points about the lipstick on a pig mess. Plus, Palin received such scalding criticism from the press, that she addressed it in her speech. If it hadn’t been palpable criticism–she wouldn’t have said anything about it in her prime time acceptance speech.

    I didn’t have time to read the university study, but from the LA Times article I wasn’t totally convinced it was accurate. I don’t know, I may be wrong, but as a person who doesn’t have the “I LOVE Obama” filter, I feel (and have felt) the bias since January in just about every place I get (used to get) my information, from Time magazine to Facebook, from USA Today to CNN.

    About the title, I was being sarcastic since someone in class said the media was criticizing Obama more than McCain based on the story about McCain that was written years ago.

  3. Stephen Noriega

    I believe that both of our candidates have been favorites of the media. John McCain has been labeled as a “media darling” and various shows have whined about how the press falls in love with him on the campaign trail. Barack Obama has a celebrity label that only comes from his ability to perform impressive monologues. I have seen and heard many pundits crazily defend these candidates. In a way it is like a contest between Fox/Limbaugh and the Olbermann Syndicate to see who loves their ideologue the most.

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