- The Main Stream Media have magnified Romney's win by doing what comes naturally: relying on stereotypes of conventional wisdom, rather than fact-based analysis.
- Lies, Half Truths and Bias - the World’s Media and the Venezuelan Election
Amy Fried, Ph.D., opednews.com
American broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite (b. 1916) on television d by Library of Congress
October 9, 2012 | One of the unfortunate by-products of the evolution of the news business to a public service during the era of Walter Cronkite, to the present ratings bonanza competing with the likes of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, is that - with the exception of a few brilliant, thoughtful, people like Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes - many in the mainstream media have come to rely on cognitive shortcuts, in which snapshot judgements become over-generalized and stereotyped. Sadly, I have found that to be true even on MSNBC, especially in the daytime. The recent lackluster performance by President Obama in his first debate with Mitt Romney, is a classic case in point. I was reminded of that this morning, when I heard many of the already memes about the debate repeated by Thomas Roberts.
In fact, Robert Wright points out some impressive polling evidence that the media hype after the debate had a greater effect on the popular reaction to the debate, than the debate itself. In other words, the media amplified the difference in performance between the two candidates far beyond what people who simply watched the debate, would have thought. He also points out that the expectations of the media - an Obama win - were not supported by the evidence from past Obama debate performances.
Lies, Half Truths and Bias - the World’s Media and the Venezuelan Election, Jorge Martin, In Defence of Marxism
- Once again there has been a remarkably well coordinated campaign of disinformation regarding the Venezuelan presidential elections being held on Sunday October 7.
- When Did Checking the Facts Become Taking a Candidate 'at His Word'?
- Victory for Chávez is a victory for Latin America