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Fox "outspokenly critical" of John Kerry

August 25, 2004 9:58 AM

Media Tenor just put out a new study analyzing the positive and negative comments about John Kerry's service from 8/16-8/19 on the different evening news shows. The results may surprise you, unless you've already seen Outfoxed.

Percent of negative statements concerning Kerry's military service:

Nearly 3 times as many negative comments about Kerry's military service on Brit Hume's show than the evening news on ABC, NBC and CBS combined. Plus, over 60% of the negative statements came from journalists on Brit Hume's show, while less than 30% came from journalists on the other networks.

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Read the 8 comments.

raging red:

I find it interesting that there were 77 comments total (positive and negative) made about Kerry's service on ABC, NBC, and CBS combined, versus 192 statements (positive and negative) on Brit Hume alone. Clearly Fox wanted to talk about this story much more than the other three networks, combined.

I've never watched Brit Hume - is it on every night? And is it an hour or half-hour show? (Just wondering, as far as comparing those two numbers goes.)

Wed Aug 25 2004 11:21 AM


So you compare an hour-long show that reserves the last 15-20 minutes to "analysis" (read: commentary) to the half-hour network shows that have NO "analysis" segments?
And you see nothing intellectually dishonest about that?

Wed Aug 25 2004 11:36 AM

Jim Gilliam:

Isn't that part of the point? This is the best comparison that can be done; Fox touts Brit Hume's show as their hard news program, and even that is weighted down with "analysis."

3 half hour news shows combined provide a fraction of the anti-Kerry echo as one hour on Fox's flagship news program.

Wed Aug 25 2004 12:15 PM


More about the balanced media:

Harper's, Lewis Lapham has already written his report on the RNC chastising them as follows:

The speeches in Madison Square Garden affirmed the great truths now routinely preached from the pulpits of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal--government the problem, not the solution; the social contract a dead letter; the free market the answer to every maiden's prayer--and while listening to the hollow rattle of the rhetorical brass and tin, I remembered the question that [Richard] Hofstadter didn't stay to answer. How did a set of ideas both archaic and bizarre make its way into the center ring of the American political circus?

Great fair and balanced reporting, only problem is the convetion is NEXT WEEK. Somebody buy that dumbass a calender.

Wed Aug 25 2004 12:19 PM


All of your political comments sound typical of someone who doesn't own anything yet. In ten years (if you manage to succeed despite your views), reread this nonsense you've posted. You're on "your first beer" of politics my friend...

And here... I only came to see the Bjork vid ;)

Thu Aug 26 2004 6:07 AM


This mornings polls show Bush in the lead for the first time, siting that the anti Kerry Swift Boat adds are having an effect.

The only way apparently to win this election is to fite fire with fire.

I believe the gloves should come off and some individuals independent of Kerry and should be funded to unrelentingly attack Bush with every bit of doubt and dirt on him. The key is to do it relentlessly. Twisting and disproving every negative thing about Kerry to a negative thing about Bush.
1. Bush's mean spiritedness
2. Bush's disregard and arrogance for issues like environment.
3. Bush's killing of Iraqi civilians and children.
4. Bush's ties with the Bin Laden family.
5. Bush's Inability to negotiate anything.
6. Bush's turning of America into a divided nation of persons isolated by their fear of each other and material possessiveness.
7. Bush's failure to secure our borders.
8. Bush's false economic turnaround.
9. Bush's monied interests not being for the good of the country.
10. Bush's ultimate strength (his willingness to invade other countries in the name of terrorism) being his ultimate weakness leading to the over committment of our armed services, devestating our economy at home and creating more terrorists from the Islamic community and ultimately leading to our isolation and a country living in fear. Is this how we want to lead our lives? Is this what America is all about?

It is not the positive that is going to win this election. It is the negative and doubts about the candidate. Whichever candidate the swing voters have the most doubts about will loose.

Thu Aug 26 2004 8:16 AM


Follow up

Make the people fear electing Bush for four more years.

You must work on the swing voters. The independents, the undecided.

Work hard or you'll be grist for Bush's mill.

Thu Aug 26 2004 8:21 AM

Jim Gilliam:

To "Sigh":

Must be why Bush wants everyone to own something.

Thu Aug 26 2004 12:52 PM

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