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10/14/2004

Svenska medier visar slagsida i valbevakning

Efter nattens sista debatt inför presidentvalet trumpetar Aftonbladet ut att ”Kerry drar ifrån - leder klart enligt ny opinionsundersökning”. Tidningen refererar till en Gallup-undersökning beställd av CNN som visar att 52% tyckte att Kerry vann debatten framför 39% som föredrog Bush.

Det finns bara ett problem med Aftonbladets rapportering: undersökningen frågade inte vem man skulle rösta på – utan vem man ansåg gjorde bäst från sig i debatten. Och det är stor skillnad; att man tycker att Kerry är en överlägsen debattör behöver inte betyda att man röstar på honom. Och mycket riktigt visar inte övriga opinionsundersökningar en klar ledning för Kerry utan snarare ett statistiskt dödläge eller en knapp ledning för Bush när det gäller hur människor tänker lägga sin röst.

Aftonbladets artikel kan tyckas vara en småsak, men den följer tyvärr en tydlig trend i den svenska rapporteringen kring presidentvalet. Många journalister har svårt att dölja sina antipatier mot president Bush – och det syns ofta mer eller mindre subtilt i artiklarna. Som i det här fallet när Aftonbladet överdriver undersökningsresultat i sin iver att kunna rapportera framsteg för Kerry. //Andreas Bengtsson, PRfabriken

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From e.the.People:

"Is Amerrica still a free country?

What if some other country were having an election, and citizens were only allowed to hear from two government-approved candidates?

What if two other candidates, on the ballot in a majority of states and representing parties that drew over 3 million votes in the previous election, were arrested simply for trying to enter a debate?

What if all that happened, and the “watchdog” news media didn’t tell the citizens about it?

Well, it happened in the good old US of A! Libertarian Michael Badnarik (on 49 state ballots) and Green David Cobb (on 28 state ballots), crossed a police line in St. Louis, and were arrested.

You would think that Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and MSNBC would be all over this affront to the democratic process, but no, not a peep.

Badnarik was also attempting to serve the Commission on Presidential Debates with a “Show Cause Order,” issued by an Arizona judge, requiring the CPD to appear at a hearing concerning the Libertarian Party’s lawsuit to stop the upcoming debate at Arizona State University, as an illegal campaign contribution to Bush and Kerry, an unconstitutional use of Arizona state funds to support selected candidates, and a violation of the LP’s equal protection rights, since they are a recognized political party in Arizona.

If this happened in some other country, what would we call them? Undemocratic? Human rights violations? Unbelievable?

If you think America is a free country, you are sadly mistaken. If you think the news media aren’t controlled by the same people who control the Democrat and Republican parties, think again.

CNN - 0 mentions (interesting, considering the LP convention was hosted in the same city as their headquarters, Atlanta GA)

FoxNews - 6 mentions (0 since July 20th) [2 entries have been redated to Oct 11, but are old]

MSNBC - 5 mentions

ABC News - says 24 mentions, only 5 shown

CBS News - 0 mentions"

Posted by: Nyliberal at Oct 14, 2004 9:10:10 PM