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  •  Really? (3+ / 0-)
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    KnotIookin, lightfoot, dewley notid

    It sounds perfectly reasonable to me.  They did the same thing to Howard Dean's campaign once he said he would take on media consolidation.

    It's not like it's a huge number of people controlling the media.  I think the number is like 5 or 6.

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. - 9th Amendment

    by TracieLynn on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 12:26:35 PM PST

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    •  w/out evidence, it sounds like irrational ranting (0+ / 0-)

      The idea that somehow reporters across the nation have been ordered by their corporate overlords to not cover Edwards sounds frankly... delusional.

      I could buy an argument that the media has not covered him enough, because the Obama v Clinton battle was more interesting... or that the media wrote him off too soon... or any number of other theories.

      But the idea that reporters have been ordered not to cover him -- an idea without a shred of evidence to back it up -- sounds nutty.

      I mean, these are reporters we're talking about.  It strains credibility that they'd actually take this kind of thing lying down, rather than say... reporting it?

      I like JRE, but when his supporters start dipping into this tinfoil hat territory, it doesn't help him.

      •  I don't think, (3+ / 0-)
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        for the most part, that reporters, particularly national ones, get to set their agenda on what to report.  I could be wrong on this, but it is the impression I've received.  Watching Outfoxed probably helped push this idea along for me.

        The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. - 9th Amendment

        by TracieLynn on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 12:40:48 PM PST

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        •  Or did Martians order reporters to ignore JRE? (0+ / 0-)

          Not being snarky here (well, a little), but just pointing out that the "corporate overlords said to ignore him" theory has no more actual evidence than this Martian theory.

          More likely, JRE is not receiving equal coverage for some combination of the following:

          1. He's lower in the polls, has less of a chance, and thus does not merit it.
          1. He merits it, and was written off too early by lazy reporters (perhaps evidenced by his recent climb)
          1. The Obama vs Hillary story is way more juicy, given the gender/race "firsts" potential, and thus got more attention (perhaps innappropriately, given that this is news, not entertainment)
          1. His campaign hasn't really done that much interesting or buzz-worthy to merit coverage.

          Personally, I'd blame it most on # 4.  After a fantastic launch in New Orleans, I've been surprised at how little they've done that was the least bit innovative or interesting.  

          •  #5. The corporate establishment hates him. (3+ / 0-)
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            Edwards was the first to present a plan for national health insurance and the first one to bring the economy to the table. But you wouldn't know that from the COM, now, would you?

            Reporters cover the stories they're assigned, not the ones they may or may not want to cover. It's the publishers who determine what "news" we see, and they are staunchly anti-Edwards. There was a recent poll -- PEW, I think -- that showed Edwards making the biggest gains among "undecided" voters as they gradually hear more about him and his platform. Clinton and Obama's growth in that area is flat.

            The longer he fights, the stronger he gets.

            Because cognitive dissonance is a terrible thing to waste...

            by 7rob7 on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 01:01:56 PM PST

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          •  Apparently, (3+ / 0-)
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            Obama and Clinton found many of his ideas interesting or buzz-worthy enough to begin to incorporate them.

            The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. - 9th Amendment

            by TracieLynn on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 01:05:44 PM PST

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            •  Have you seen the clip of Obama on "change?" (2+ / 0-)
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              He says it's such a popular idea that now everyone is talking about it (meaning the other candidates). It got me so angry - that's been JRE's mantra from the beginning. But hell, why would Obama mention he stole the meme from Edwards?

              Bush is a slithy tove!

              by blonde moment on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 01:24:31 PM PST

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        •  The people working at Fox are not reporters ... (1+ / 0-)
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          ... though of course there are some who imagined that they were and would continue to be when they signed on.

          Among the actual corporate press organizations that still aspire to being news organizations, I think, more subtle than that. A bias in presumptions that is what is of interest amongst the well heeled types that make up the most influential of the Washington and National Press Corp is of similar interest as you go down the income ladder, until you hit the great unwashed and they only want all Britney, all the time. A loss of independence of networks meaning that the prestige value of a serious news organization (when the networks were rising, against the well established newspapers) lost its value ... what is of special concern in the corporate culture of an NBC boardroom is by no means of special concern in a GE boardroom ... and the right wing noise machine learning how to take advantage of the steady pressure to get more minutes of news on air with fewer resources dedicated to the job.

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