Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's Commissar Obama, didn't ya know?

As we mark Obama's first 100 days, the Center for Media and Public Affairs has released a report on how the press has covered the president, positively or negatively, during his first 50 days. Among the findings:
The three networks have evaluated Mr. Obama very similarly – 57% positive comments on ABC, 58% positive on CBS, and 61% positive on NBC. But he fared far better in New York Times stories, where nearly three out of four evaluative comments (73%) by sources and reporters were favorable. And he fared far worse on Fox News, where only one out of eight such comments (13%) were favorable. ...
Skipping ahead to the NYT- and Fox-specific findings:
The New York Times policy coverage, while less positive than its personal coverage of Mr. Obama, was about evenly divided between praise and criticism (48% positive). Although similar to the broadcast networks in its treatment of economic policy (40% positive), the Times portrayed other domestic policy areas relatively favorably (60% positive), and its 39% positive coverage of foreign policy domains was still more favorable than the networks’ 24% positive coverage. ...

By contrast, Fox News coverage was even more negative toward Mr. Obama’s policies than the Times was positive. Only one out of twelve evaluative soundbites (8%) praised any of the president’s policies, including six percent positive judgments on the economic matters, seven percent on other domestic issues, and 17% on foreign affairs.
So it would seem the New York Times really loves Obama's personality, and are slightly more favorable when talking about his policies than the three major networks are. Fox News, on the other hand, seems to hate nearly everything about the president. Nothing that hasn't been suspected by anyone who follows the news, but now it's been measured in statistics.

Fair and Balanced, as redefined by Fox News (courtesy of Media Matters):




For more "100 Days" stories, such as 100 Days of Glenn Beck's Paranoia, check out this page.

6 comments:

Razor said...

Der Kommissar's is town, uh-oh!

Jamie said...

If only I had that song playing in the background of my blog ...

Gabriel McKee said...

The media is just too darned tough on Barack Obama...

Matt Osborne said...

Watching that video, what amazes me is that Faux Noise can find Uncle Toms in 2009.

And Obama is definitely not der Kommissar. If he purposed tyranny, he'd be promoting the use of torture.

Gabriel McKee said...

What is an "Uncle Tom" exactly? Seems a bit outdated.

I'd like to think people regardless of race should be able to think for themselves.

Afterall, liberalism has been just great for the black community eh?

Jamie said...

Yes, the Republican party is a bastion of light for the black community. First Lincoln, then ... hmm ... must be someone else ...

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