Joe Biden and the press: A case study in the absurd
by Eric Boehlert
"As for what Biden was actually saying out on the campaign trail about the country's future and the Democratic agenda, journalists didn't show much interest in that. They wanted to tell only one Joe Biden story: He's a gaffe machine!!
Indeed, the Biden coverage often had nothing to do with substance and almost everything to do with style. Doesn't that perfectly capture the determined unseriousness of today's feed-the-beast campaign journalism?
Meanwhile, you haven't heard much whining from the left, but if you wanted to select the candidate who was unfairly used as the media's punching bag during the general election season, it was clearly Joe Biden.
According to a media survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, "Biden's coverage was among the most negative of any candidate studied, more so than Palin's and close to [Sen. John] McCain's. Excluding the week of the vice presidential debate, 48% of Biden stories carried a clear negative tone. Another 35% were neutral or mixed. Just 17% were positive."
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