ELECTION? WHAT ELECTION?
The ever watchful analysts at the Media Research Center have caught the “Big Three” broadcast networks — ABC, NBC and CBS — playing some serious hooky. They don’t seem to be much interested in the midterm elections now that Democrats are struggling to gain a foothold. That was not the story during another midterm season when the Republicans were suffering. Yes, there are numbers.
The analysts found that on the major evening newscasts from September 1 through October 20 in 2006, the three networks aired 159 campaign stories.
“But during the same time period this year, those same newscasts have offered a paltry 25 stories, a six-to-one disparity,” say Kyle Drennan and Rich Noyes, who did the counting, and deem the phenomenon a “blackout” of the news.
They puzzle over ABC’s “World News Tonight” in particular, which has yet to feature even a single mention of this year’s campaign. Eight years ago, the program aired 36 stories.