Why the media love Newt

Millbank answers.  Here’s your real media bias:

Dear Newt:

These are difficult times for you, no doubt, and we understand that people sometimes say things they don’t really mean. We hope that explains your cruel comment about us here in Orlando this week.

“All of our friends in the news media,” you said, “are very excited and eager to end this race as early as possible.” In our hurry to crown Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee, you seem to think, we’re trying to use your wipe-out in the Florida primary to declare an end to your campaign.

Newt, these are hurtful words. I speak for many colleagues when I say that we in the news media are great fans of your candidacy: of the 200 people in the room for your “Victory Party” when polls closed Tuesday night, about 185 of them were journalists. And no wonder: You’re the only thing saving us from a long spring of despair, the only person who can, by extending the presidential race, drive up our audience and bring us the revenues we so desperately need.  [emphasis mine]

Kind of Milbank to lay it our so starkly.  There’s lots of media bias, but it almost nothing to do with ideology and everything to do with getting eyeballs on the product.  Anybody who thinks otherwise is willfully ignorant.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

2 Responses to Why the media love Newt

  1. itchy says:

    I realized recently that I only seem to comment when I have something critical to say, which makes for interesting conversation but gives a wrong impression in the aggregate. Probably this is true for others as well.

    So I think you should assume that any post that receives no comment is brilliant, insightful, well supported and the indisputable, final word on the topic.

  2. Steve Greene says:

    Thanks, Itchy :-)! I figured you were with me for the most part and I especially enjoy thoughtful criticism from those I know to be smart because they recognize that I am mostly brilliant and insightful :-).

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