Wednesday, September 29, 2004

one loser in tomorrow's debate

is the american public. two fine pieces from over at tapped -

rob garver in the american prospect notes that the media loves to bash the debates as empty stagecraft and a shared press conference, thereby ensuring that they can unabashedly provide 'analysis' that falls somewhere near people magazine's coverage of the daytime emmys:

Sadly, this is how it begins: By preemptively declaring the debates to be meaningless political theater, the television news networks are giving themselves permission to cover them not as a battle of ideas but as a spectacle.

and mediamatters.org on how kerry is already playing catch-up, regardless of what the voters might think.

In the run-up to this year's presidential debates, some in the media are once again playing the "expectations game" in favor of President George W. Bush against his Democratic opponent -- the same thing that happened four years ago.

- LH


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