Election 2012 coverage
Did media narrative influence outcome?
- Duration 7:35
- Date Nov 10, 2012
Did media narrative influence outcome?
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-- Obama to congratulate him on his victory.
His supporters and his campaign.
Also deserve congratulations.
I wish all of them well but particularly the president and the First Lady and their daughters.
This is a time of great challenge for America.
And I pray that the president will be successful.
In guiding our nation.
The American people.
Reminded us that while our road to have been hand.
While our journey has been wrong we have picked ourselves up.
We have -- way back.
-- -- -- Good for the United States of America the best is yet to come.
And that is the way election night ended so considering it all GM after a more than a year long campaign.
Did it fit the media narrative.
Well I think it ended sort of the way the media for the most part wanted to end but it looked at the feeling.
Purpose respect arrival here I -- perspective -- that then let's go back to July 10 2004.
When Evan Thomas then of Newsweek said it the media support for Democrats was worth quote may be fifteen points and then on October 17 2004 he amended that to maybe five points.
But does it -- the president about long by.
Two points you could argue could make an argument they're now so yeah.
You think you think if if media were absolutely fair Mitt Romney would be present well I think if let's let the viewers judge for themselves and go to the media research senators would -- found those those posts about thirty more lovingly period and quotes from other reporters and up including Jim and I.
Politico saying that most of people -- ever met journalism.
Then you might make the argument that media bias help the president of the deal -- I think I'm just gonna have to disagree with you there -- -- and and this is not going to be a database to call is a gut call which I know right now is in -- favor because of the outcome of the election.
You know I think that if you really looked at the overall coverage what the issues -- the Americans cared about.
The economy and then had big storm harm on the East Coast right but but they covered it.
And they covered it pretty -- but the exit polls said that that voters thought that Mitt Romney was better.
Equipped to handle the economy -- and Barack Obama.
And it said something about there attitude towards the two men and they made a choice but.
Or the two parties and they made a choice because if you just go by viewers.
Fox vs MSNBC.
Romney should have won 31 and it didn't.
-- and -- the the exit polls but some suggest reflected sort of the medium team that.
Barack Obama is the candidate of the little guy in the middle class and and Mitt Romney is this rich guy who only cares about rich guys it was that the media -- crystal.
I think that's.
The truth I'm at I mean I think that it's clear that Obama's is that the person who's looking to have in middle class tax cuts than -- Mitt Romney was the person I was looking to give tax cuts to rich people but.
That what I would say the reason I don't think that the media played -- that big of a role in this is that I think the reason Barack Obama won is because he ran as superior campaign.
And it was very targeted in these battleground states and I and I and and I if -- I would be more and -- actually in seeing exit -- on the battleground -- for some fortunately we've been half.
These national exit polls I don't think tell us that much because what happened -- about ground states was so.
Radically different than what was happening -- recession if you look at the gender gap there was some really.
It's amazing swings that happen because the -- and -- Obama's campaign was bombarding them with these messages.
Women and Mitt Romney micro targeting a.
The Republican victories in the past several election cycles Ronald Reagan twice the Tea Party and the rest look the nation is changing.
It is younger it is less quite the first thing that the Republicans ought to do is get rid of the OO in GOP -- grand old party that's the problem.
They needed infusion of of young and Hispanic and African American and more female leaders.
And granted as some radio talk show -- have said this week every time the Republicans put one up whether to Condoleezza Rice or to Clarence Thomas or or whoever Nikki Haley in South Carolina they're always bash is being anti woman or or Rios or whatever but they've got to keep trying because the color of the world history.
However Romney only lost by two points and so Judy you spent some number of decades -- the New York Times with.
For much of that period of probably the most powerful single news entity could you please it's clarify for us what you how you see the political coloration -- the near times in -- coverage over the last few decades.
I think there is no doubt that most of reporters who were at the New York Times lean democratic -- reporters through their mentors was exactly what they are the same.
And that is a problem today if one major New York -- they don't.
People are reading -- and I think they used to do it every.
Read -- -- study shows that -- Obama's sailed into prominence on the basis of media affection and and -- -- -- from 2004 to 2008.
That's not gonna help you overcome that what he -- with what -- he was up against.
Barack Obama defied history and getting reelected and he -- -- he actually won by a hundred.
Electoral votes so I mean and that's not a tad weaker got -- he he certainly have the media on his side now Florida did anyway and it didn't -- history -- Eleven of fifteen elected incumbents seeking re election -- -- but not with unemployment -- and not with approval rating under fifty -- -- -- but -- the media making enough of that he seemed to have the media on his side including.
Mathews of MSNBC -- -- this.
I'm so glad we had that storm last week.
Because I think this storm was one of those things no politically I should say Panthers are hurting people the storm brought in possibilities for good politics.
Yeah out more than a hundred people dead in a hurricane and Chris Matthews was glad we're now he did apologize for -- the next day -- Yes he did that what does one expect from Chris Matthews if you watched that show you want to hear that point of view and not -- you know that is what has happened to the media as we've just last week after week.
He intense polarization of the media justice we as we had.
Of the electorate.
But here's -- After Katrina.
The media -- all the blame on.
After sandy the media and all the blame on Bloomberg and not not FEMA and news.
Rudy Giuliani who should be able to make news said he knows this is bad in the wake of sandy as they were in the wake of Katrina and I've -- -- that didn't make the media narrative about the election.
One thing the media did promote it was the democratic line of entitlement.
Greed and -- this was the this was sent from Bain Capital.
During the Republican primary right up through the campaign.
And this appeal to an awful lot of people you heard that -- -- Friday afternoon -- remarks post election and by the way.
Unlike most other post elections there were no reporters there there were just cheerleaders for him he answered no questions.