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That sure worked out nicely didn’t it? If you were in the news business, this election could not have gone better for you.
Conveniently, what once appeared to be in the bag morphed into a horse race (despite none of the fundamental conditions changing). Miraculously the media was gifted with endless spectacle, controversy, and twists and turns.
The business model for blogs encourages publishers and writers to value the click above other potential goals, such as truth, accuracy, or fairness.
Originally posted by BeneathBaseStupidity
Nothing Romney did was good, most of it was in fact laughably bad and it was only when Obama didn't capitalise that Romeny's chances were played up. In fact, the election feed I was getting called the Obama win well before and US stations had.
Originally posted by adjensen
Excellent analysis of the 2012 election and the obvious, and maybe not so obvious, media manipulation (and not necessarily mass media.) How do we go from a pretty boring couple of candidates and a seemingly foregone conclusion to a "tight race" to results that mirror the boring candidates and foregone conclusion?
I saw it here in Minnesota, a very obvious case. In a state that hadn't voted for a Republican president since Richard Nixon in 1972, and where President Obama enjoyed a 8-10 point lead, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published poll results in mid-October that said the lead had shrunk to three points, a statistical tie. A lot of people, including me, immediately said "what?" but within a few days, we had all the trappings of a swing state, with the Romney campaign (which, to that point, didn't even have a campaign office in the state) and Super PACs pouring money into media advertising. Neither Obama nor his supporting PACs seemed to do much different.
And, when all was said and done, Obama sailed to an eight point victory over Romney in the state. The only question that remains, it seems, is whether that apparent manipulation was in favour of boosting local media income, or to take resources away from "real" swing states.
(visit the link for the full news article)edit on 8-11-2012 by adjensen because: oopsies