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August 26, 2007

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MediaBloodhound

WashPo and Time Help ABC Bury Treatment of Kucinich

Duly Diligent

You are not allowed to like Kucinich. He doesn't make for a compelling story.

Demosthenes Loizides

Great story and in-depth report on ABC's attempt to steer the debate to suit their own agenda. I, like most Americans, would like to see Kucinich given equal media exposure to Clinton and Obama. I would like to see your investigative report on more blogs. I mentioned your report on media matters and asked that they consider entering it on their web site.

MediaBloodhound

Appreciate that Demosthenes. Thank you. I contacted MM earlier today. Apparently it's being circulated over there so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Unfortunately everyone is on vacation and short-staffed right now so we'll see. I'm sure ABC wants its actions to drop right down the memory hole. Hopefully that won't be the case.

Mickey Mouse

He Won the MSNBC LiveStrong Online Poll on Health Care earlier today. I'm sure MSNBC pulled thisPoll down already, too...

Mickey Mouse

He Won the MSNBC LiveStrong Online Poll on Health Care earlier today. I'm sure MSNBC pulled thisPoll down already, too...

Don Schneider

These shenanigans are expected from the corporate press. time inc, abc, I'd be shocked if they didn't manufacture the "news" . Don't expect honesty from the likes of these manipulators. Boycott the products and services that shamelessly advertise with these "Rupert" wanna be's

Bunky

The powers that be do not want the American people educated enough to make informed choices. If it weren't for this internet connection, we would remain forever ignorant. So the big money will win again, they will own the information and bend it all they want. Kucinich for President, so we will be allowed to speak and think freely again.

Eric Paulsen

Want to give the news the finger? Convince as many friends and family members to vote in the primaries and suggest Kucinich as a serious candidate. We will only have Democracy if we tear it from the hands of our news filtering organizations and corporate whores.

If you want them to keep deciding your fate, do nothing.

Eric Paulsen

Want to give the news the finger? Convince as many friends and family members to vote in the primaries and suggest Kucinich as a serious candidate. We will only have Democracy if we tear it from the hands of our news filtering organizations and corporate whores.

If you want them to keep deciding your fate, do nothing.

CK

And after Repub debates, the major old media apply the same treatment to Ron Paul.
Funny thing that the two candidates most vocal about bringing the troops home are the two candidates who get the "crop, obfuscate and ignore" treatment.

Maddie In Florida

I really think the blog entery on Swampland by Tumulty was very good.

Give her some credit for even reporting it.

As a news reporter, Tumulty is not about opinion nor assumption. She is supposed to be non baised and non partisan and I think her report was both. She gave us a break here by even tallking about it and getting the subject out there.

Maddie In Florida

I really think the blog entery on Swampland by Tumulty was very good.

Give her some credit for even reporting it.

As a news reporter, Tumulty is not about opinion nor assumption. She is supposed to be non baised and non partisan and I think her report was both. She gave us a break here by even tallking about it and getting the subject out there.

Maddie In Florida

I really think the blog entery on Swampland by Tumulty was very good.

Give her some credit for even reporting it.

As a news reporter, Tumulty is not about opinion nor assumption. She is supposed to be non baised and non partisan and I think her report was both. She gave us a break here by even tallking about it and getting the subject out there.

Another Media Hound

Good report, but if the items in the story were not bad enough, George spent much of the debate asking candidates to address statements made by/or of Obama and Clinton, which kept the focus on the Obama and Clinton even when they weren't speaking.

For example, "STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator Biden, you stepped into this last week. You told Newsweek magazine that Senator Obama is "not yet ready" to be president." Go to the transcript to read many more example and count how many times Stephanopoulos says "Obama" or "Clinton", vs other candidates.

bjobotts

Great post. I saw George Stephanopoulos's hit piece on Kucinich before the debate where he tried everything possible to smear him and failed miserably. I wondered then why George obviously tried to make Kucinich look ridiculous. Then the debates (which Kucinich won in spite of every effort to bury him) and the pics and the polls from ABC made it blatantly obvious that this was an all out effort to silence Kucinich. They(George, ABC, GOP, top tier Dems) do not want Dennis heard. He's the best candidate out there and you can find nothing negative to say about him. He says and does everything just right. Compare him to any of the candidates by record, votes, history, issues, dedication, motivation and he just leaves the other candidates in the dust. And since "electability" is not an issue in this presidential election because after the horror of Bush and with the other GOP hopefuls being virtually a joke, whichever viable democrat wins the democratic nomination will be the next president out of necessity. So the real truth ticket is Kucinich/Edwards '08. They are not indebted to any special interests groups like the Ins, co., or Big Pharm, or big oil etc. No wonder big money wants them out, can't control what you can't buy. Not being able to find enough dirt the press would have to settle for height and hair cut.
George S. and ABC asked questions with an agenda at their debate. They are hitmen for the GOP and were trying to get responses that could later be used against the candidates. And in spite of trying to minimize Kucinich's involvement, Dennis still won the debate which just infuriated them.

Kucinich/Edwards '08...the truth ticket.

Olo

No doubt: K.'s cool. but that that K. had such an obvious big lead over the other candidates is very suspicious. Thing is: Online polls are easily manipulated, thus when an online poll shows a significant anomaly they are usually pulled. - To be honest, my friends at a particular football forum always hunt for online polls involving our club. Whenever there is an online poll with our club, it gets posted in the forum and we all go and vote for our team. Thus our team wins most online polls by a clear margin (like in K's case). If polls are monitored though that kind of manipulation is easy to spot. As a result polls get pulled or moved.

matthew

great post

S.W. Anderson

The following, from a 2003 Indymedia post, seems relevant here — as in follow the money trail to see where loyalties really lie:

DISNEY / ABC / CAP (donated 640 thousand to GW's 2000 campaign)

Meanwhile, a really good man like Dennis Kucinich can barely get the time of day from ABC NEws.

It figures.

TC

Not only was Mr. Kucinich not addressed in the first 28 minutes, even when he got on ABC's This Week, George Stephanopoulopoulopoulopoulopolous tried to punk him by basically stating that he didn't have a chance. He was trying to punk him and humiliate the guy. Stephanopoulopoulopoulouopoulopoulous wouldn't have the nerve to do that to a big-time candidate. He was trying to humiliate the guy. It's incredibly disingenuous for ABC to claim they are any less beholden to big money than anyone else. This is exactly why we need the elction reform that Feingold and McCain were talking about oh-so-long ago.....

Avery Moore

A/ ABC? "WARNING!! Picture Trouble Is Permanent. Give Up. Abandon Your Set."

B/ "What's that godawful rotting smell?" Another New York Slimes journalist pounding then cosmetically massaging the facts to death. Some editor calls this dog shit in a platinum tin, “Journalism”?

C/ If The Times has the slightest regard for standards of honesty and integrity: Tumulty will be fired, 'for Cause."

D/ If not, why would anyone ever again think it worthwhile to subscribe?

MediaBloodhound

Avery, just for the record, it's Time, as in Time magazine (on its blog Swampland). Not The New York Times.

n1K

MediaBloodhound, my first time visiting your blog, Im a regular at thinkprogress and crooksandliars. Reporting such as this piece, is the reason I have shunned many of the mainstream news sources. It's reporting like yours that cuts through the to the core of whats rotten about the media these days, - they are beholden to those advertising dollars. Kucinich has always seemed like such a far shot candidate and really a "left wing nut", but only because that is how the media portrays him. Now that I think about it, everytime he has said something its been right on the money, and he even understands that its healthier and better to not eat meat (like myself). I will be giving his campaign a much more thoughtful look from now on. Keep up the good work, and will be bookmarking your site.

RGKahn

This is another example that the "old world jounalism of Murrow, Cronkite and Rather is dead and buried. In the case of the Time Magazine reporter Ms Tumulty, she seems to think the finding out the who, what, where, when and how have been replaced with a steno pad, which she records what ABC said in rebuttle to the complaint of Congressman Kucinich. There is a great disconnect with what happened and the points made by ABC. She asks little of no questions to ABC. She takes what is handed to her and repeats it vebatim and then calls that reporting. I call is stenography.

I guess real reporting requires "hard work" as a famous politician was heard to say in the not too distant past. Report what was said, what was done, when it happened, by whom and against whom. Being truthful would also be a good idea.

I will now climb down from my soap box if you understand what I mean.

RGKahn

This is another example that the "old world jounalism of Murrow, Cronkite and Rather is dead and buried. In the case of the Time Magazine reporter Ms Tumulty, she seems to think the finding out the who, what, where, when and how have been replaced with a steno pad, which she records what ABC said in rebuttle to the complaint of Congressman Kucinich. There is a great disconnect with what happened and the points made by ABC. She asks little of no questions to ABC. She takes what is handed to her and repeats it vebatim and then calls that reporting. I call is stenography.

I guess real reporting requires "hard work" as a famous politician was heard to say in the not too distant past. Report what was said, what was done, when it happened, by whom and against whom. Being truthful would also be a good idea.

I will now climb down from my soap box if you understand what I mean.

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