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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Liberal Media Strikes Again

Remember last week's budget protest in DC that was led by progressive Christian groups? The protest at which 115 people were arrested? Chances are, you didn't hear about it unless you get most of your news online:
A search of the Nexis "major newspapers" database -- which contains 87 newspapers -- turned up only 10 mentions of the event.

The House budget legislation would cut spending on social programs for the poor by $50 billion while sacrificing $94 billion in government revenue to extend tax cuts, more than three-quarters of which would go to the 14 percent of U.S. households making more than $100,000 a year, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). As the San Francisco Chronicle reported on November 19, the spending reductions would include $14.3 billion in cuts to student loan programs, $11.4 billion in cuts to Medicaid, and $4.9 billion in cuts to child support enforcement. The measure would also cut off 220,000 people from receiving food stamps.

But the December 14 protest was largely ignored by the media. The Associated Press (AP) and Reuters both issued wire reports mentioning the arrests, and a search of the 87 newspapers in the Nexis major newspapers database from December 13-15 found only 10 mentions of the event. While The Washington Post ran a December 14 article that reported the upcoming protest in the context of contrasting conservative and liberal religious leaders' views on the proposed budget, the only follow-up report in the paper was a photograph of the arrests, published on December 15. The San Francisco Chronicle also ran an article on December 13, prior to the protest, but did not offer a follow-up article discussing the arrests. The New York Times included a one-sentence description of the protest and subsequent arrests in a December 15 article focusing on Republican plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling. The St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune each ran, on December 15, brief mentions of the protests in articles about political strategies or legislation before the House and Senate, and The Denver Post published a column discussing the protest on December 15 by staff columnist Diane Carman. Also on December 15, the Chicago Tribune ran an article on the protest, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram printed the AP wire story about the arrests. Internationally, the Toronto Star mentioned the protest in a December 15 article on Pentagon budget requests.

NBC's Nightly News was the only broadcast evening news program that reported on the event. Neither ABC nor CBS acknowledged the protest on their evening news broadcasts, nor did any of the three network morning news shows: Today (NBC), The Early Show (CBS), and Good Morning America (ABC). Further, no prime-time cable news show mentioned the event.
Damn that liberal media.


At 12/20/2005 12:44 PM, Anonymous jason said...

What? No replies from those who believe the media is liberal?

At 12/20/2005 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don’t you think you’re being a little hard on the media? After all, it’s pretty hard for them to cover all these stories now that they’re preoccupied with trying to figure out an angle to impeach Bush for this NSA stuff.

At 12/20/2005 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but 115 people getting arrested for parking their asses in front of a government building ain’t exactly headline news. And why should it be – Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention, but since when did people getting arrested for petty misdemeanors become big news? Is it news that there are 115 people in Washington so incensed about budget cuts that willing to carry signs that say so?

Sorry, I just don’t get the outrage, much less the suggestion this might be some sort of barometer for how liberal (or not) the media is. As incriminating evidence, I don’t see it being evidence of much of anything. Most people will look at these protesters and either high-five their effort, dismiss them as garden-variety lefty kooks, or….most likely, yawn.

At 12/20/2005 2:19 PM, Anonymous jason said...

Looks like you're pasting comments from another site.

Yeah, you're right. Next time, Jim Wallis should pull a Pat Robertson and say Chavez deserves to be assassinated. Give me a break. Go back to watching news about Natalie Halloway.

At 12/20/2005 2:22 PM, Anonymous jason said...

Wouldn't want to steal time away from the "war on Christmas" coverage.

At 12/20/2005 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not pasting news from another site, (otherwise I wouldn't have typos like the missing "they're" in the last sentence of the first paragraph above. I did copy and past it out of my email though....my spelling is terrible, so I use the spell check sometimes. Does that cause problems when you read it?

Hey, look Jason -- I'm just saying this isn't exacty the kind of story that rocks the newsroom. For this kind of story to get a lot of air time the guys carrying the signs better be wearing white sheets, or nazi uniforms, or -- nothing at all. Better still, get a celebrity to join you.

Hey, I don't make the rules...

At 12/20/2005 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of "the war on Christmas" --


And leave it to Syrian television to discover another angle I don't think anybody expected. --



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