For 2008 Race, LA Times Giving Way Better Coverage to Democrats Than Republicans

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on January 24, 2007

Today (Sunday, January 21, 2007), the Los Angeles Times toasted Sen. Hillary Clinton’s entrance into the 2008 race. Her announcement of a presidential exploratory committee was met with a whopping 2,050-word, front-page article (“Clinton joins 2008 race for president“) (see image).

[On Wednesday, Jan. 17] the Times celebrated Sen. Obama’s announcement of an exploratory committee with front-page treatment, accompanying photos, and a generous 1,469 words.

But how has the Times been treating similar announcements by Republicans?

On Nov. 14, 2006, when the Times reported the exploratory committee formed by Rudy Giuliani, it was buried on p. A26 with a puny 353 words.

Sen. John McCain’s exploratory committee? Nov. 16, 2006, p. A19, 993 words.

Gov. Mitt Romney and his exploratory committee? Jan. 4, 2007, p. A7, 581 words.

Sen. Sam Brownback? On Dec. 5, 2006, after Brownback announced his exploratory committee: p. A20 and 833 words. Brownback officially enters the race: Jan. 21, 2007, p. A21 and 414 words.

In other words, no Republican contender has gotten nearly the coverage that Democrats have gotten. [Note: Democrat John Edwards was not given the front-page treatment by the Times. However, on Dec. 29, 2006, the paper showered him with 1,246 words on p. A14 with an accompanying photo and “infobox” highlighting his personal and career information. And if you currently read the article still at the Times website (here), the paper generously provides an AP video of Edwards making his announcement in New Orleans.]


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