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Study: Media Focus Steadily on Trivialities

August 5, 2008

Stop the presses, this is a scoop:

Fully 78% of campaign stories from January 1 through May 4, 2008 examined by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism focused on political tactics, strategy or the state of the horserace, as opposed to policy, background or personal issues. Policy topics made up 7% of the stories, personal matters, 7%, and public record, 2%.

It occurs to me that media coverage of John McCain is rather like the treatment of Keanu Reeves’ character in the 2000 football movie The ReplacementsIn that film, “Reeves has ‘heart,’ a detail conveyed by having other characters speak of him as a great guy every five minutes.”

We constantly hear that McCain is a great guy with integrity, but there never seems to be any supporting evidence from the past 3 decades.  And God forbid we ever hear a word about what he intends to do as president.