Perception vs. Reality- Media Bias?
by nextgen, Sun Apr 20, 2008 at 12:38:07 PM EDT
Often perceptions are repeated over and over until they seem to become reality. A good example would be the 9/11=Iraq=War meme which lead to your current situation in Iraq. After the fact some curious fact finder will uncover the truth, much to everyones surprise. There has been a often repeated perception that Sen. Clinton has been the recipient of unfair, even biased questions during the debates against Sen. Obama. Despite my feelings that those perceptions were incorrect I never did the work to find out the truth, so could not defend my perception. luckily someone has decided to find truth. In a interesting article posted at the Huffington Post the 1v1 debates are broken down and analyzed.
Here is a quick teaser.
ABC asked the most scandal questions, and both ABC and NBC devoted only half of their questions to policy issues. The CNN debates were dramatically more policy-focused
More interesting observations;
Clinton actually had it much rougher at CNN's earlier one-on-one debate in Hollywood. That was the only debate of the four where Clinton was asked a scandal question while Obama was not. Moreover, Clinton faced three questions on her initial support for the Iraq war ("Why can't you just say right now that that vote was a mistake?"), one question about Sen. Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Obama, and another on the perception of a Bush-Clinton dynasty ("How can you be an agent of change when we have had the same two families in the White House for the last 30 years?").
And finally this observation..
Barack Obama has received the overwhelming majority of scandal questions over the course of the four debates, by a margin of 17 to 4
So what do you think, does the perception match reality?