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January 08, 2008

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TM

"I am not sure it's all, or even mainly, down to the internet, mind you."

You are being charitable - absent any proposal explaining cause and effect, why not just figure that the internet chatter was about as meaningful as a cheering crowd at a baseball game? (Which is not to say meaningless, since there are home field effects, but cheering rarely produces a home run yet often follows one.)

The absence of a cause/effect mechanism is especially glaring since Wretchard specifically makes a comparison to the rather case, where the mechanism (bloggers claim Rather broadcast forgeries) is pretty clear.

Bill Clinton has gone after the media for its coverage of Obama.

A Harvard study on media coverage of the candidate said the same thing last fall:

" Overall, Democrats also have received more positive coverage than Republicans (35% of stories vs. 26%), while Republicans received more negative coverage than Democrats (35% vs. 26%). For both parties, a plurality of stories, 39%, were neutral or balanced.

Most of that difference in tone, however, can be attributed to the friendly coverage of Obama (47% positive) and the critical coverage of McCain (just 12% positive.) When those two candidates are removed from the field, the tone of coverage for the two parties is virtually identical."

http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/presspol/miscellaneous/invisible_primary.pdf

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