Media Bias in Coverage of Governor Eliot Spitzer Problems

Quote from today's WSJ's Political Diary:

"In lead stories Monday night about New York Governor Eliot Spitzer being linked to a prostitution ring, neither ABC's World News nor the NBC Nightly News verbally identified Spitzer's political party. Must mean he's a liberal Democrat -- and he is. CBS anchor Katie Couric, however, managed to squeeze in a mention of his party. On ABC, the only hints as to Spitzer's party were a few seconds of video of Spitzer beside Hillary Clinton as they walked down some steps and a (D) on screen by Spitzer's name over part of one soundbite. NBC didn't even do that. While ABC and NBC failed to cite Spitzer's political affiliation in the four minutes or so each network dedicated to the revelations, both managed to find time to applaud his reputation and effectiveness as the Empire State's Attorney General before becoming Governor" -- Brent Baker of the conservative Media Research Institute.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another thing that the press has been silent on is the name of bank that reported Spitzer to the IRS for the “suspicious” withdrawals? Given all the enemies that he made on Wall Street, I’m curious who he felt safe banking with.

Looks like basic financial privacy is dead in America.

3/11/2008 5:39 PM  

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