MOORE GETS 40 TIMES MORE COV­ER­AGE THAN MENENDEZ

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

The news me­dia has pro­vided in­ten­sive cov­er­age of the on­go­ing woes of Repub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore, and the cov­er­age of­ten show­cases melo­drama, spec­u­la­tion and sen­sa­tion­al­ism. Re­porters and an­chors, in fact, fre­quently re­peat the same “damn­ing ac­cu­sa­tions” and key phrases against Mr. Moore says Rich Noyes, re­search di­rec­tor of the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter, a con­ser­va­tive press watch­dog now mon­i­tor­ing the news about Mr. Moore pro­duced by the “Big Three” broad­cast net­works.

“From the evening of Novem­ber 9 through the morn­ing of Novem­ber 13, the ABC, CBS and NBC morn­ing and evening news­casts have gen­er­ated 79 min­utes, 42 sec­onds of cov­er­age of the Moore case,” says Mr. Noyes, who com­pared what kind of at­ten­tion the net­works have been giv­ing the cor­rup­tion trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, New Jer­sey Demo­crat.

The cov­er­age is down­right “pal­try,” ac­cord­ing to the an­a­lyst, who says that since the law­maker’s trial be­gan Sept. 5, ABC and CBS man­aged to pro­duce two min­utes of cov­er­age com­bined and NBC has of­fered none.

“The me­dia’s re­ac­tion to Moore makes their dou­ble stan­dard on scan­dals all the more glar­ing. Since early Septem­ber, a sit­ting United States Se­na­tor has been on trial for cor­rup­tion in­volv­ing the abuse of his of­fice — and the me­dia have es­sen­tially buried the story,” says Mr. Noyes. “Add it all up, and the Moore scan­dal has al­ready con­sumed nearly 40 times more air­time on the net­works than a Demo­crat’s cor­rup­tion trial — even though the Menendez case is based on an ac­tual fed­eral prose­cu­tion, as op­posed to a story in The Washington Post.”

He refers to an ex­pose pub­lished by the news­pa­per on Thurs­day claim­ing Mr. Moore has “ini­ti­ated a sex­ual en­counter” with a 14-year-old girl and other young women in 1979. More women have in­de­pen­dently stepped for­ward with sim­i­lar claims since the story was pub­lished. The spe­cial elec­tion in Alabama is sched­uled for Dec. 12.

“A Demo­crat’s cor­rup­tion scan­dal is kept un­der wraps, while a Repub­li­can’s al­leged trans­gres­sions are given sat­u­ra­tion cov­er­age,” Mr. Noyes con­cludes. ef­fort to at­tract the young de­mo­graphic of 18 to 34?” Mr. Lim­baugh asked his 10 mil­lion lis­ten­ers on Tues­day.

“If you be­lieve all the stuff about how lib­eral mil­len­ni­als are, and how much they ad­mire so­cial­ism, then that’s what you would want your league to ap­pear to be — or at least sym­pa­thetic to it. If they buy into the idea that mil­len­ni­als are in­deed so­cial jus­tice war­riors, then would it make sense for the NFL to be do­ing what they’re do­ing to try to grab those young peo­ple and con­vert them into life­time fans and cus­tomers?” Mr. Lim­baugh sug­gested.

“I had the same ex­pe­ri­ence when I in­ter­viewed Bill O’Reilly back in the day. It was like, ‘Wow, that was re­ally bor­ing.’ Bill O’Reilly wouldn’t be Bill O’Reilly on my show. That was the red meat he threw for his own fans,” Mr. Col­bert noted.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

A new study com­par­ing broad­cast cov­er­age of Roy Moore and Sen. Bob Menendez finds Mr. Moore gar­ner­ing 40-times more cov­er­age than the Demo­cratic law­maker, who faces cor­rup­tion charges.

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