Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Victory for the Mainstream Media
When the Center for Media and Public Affairs made a nonpartisan evaluation of network news broadcasts, it found that during the active war against Saddam Hussein, 51% of the reports about the conflict were negative. Six months after the land battle ended, 77% were negative; in the 2004 general election, 89% were negative; by the spring of 2006, 94% were negative. This decline in media support was much faster than during Korea or Vietnam.
This a lengthy article by James Q. Wilson but well worth the read. It's always hard for me to tell whether Opinion Journal articles require payment or not, but I suspect this will be up at Commentary or City Journal in the not-too-distant future.


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