Crawl Across the Ocean

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

She said "Don't I know you from the newspaper-editor's party?" / He said, "Who am I, to blow against the wind"

Over at Azerbic, Antonia gives Peter Kent a well deserved smack upside the head. The part about Peter's media-bias bleating which amuses/irritates (it's a fine line) me the most, is how he keep calling for an 'independent' analysis of media bias, yet at the same time he seems to want to direct how that analysis is done, seeming to aim for a survey of the political leanings of beat reporters. Of course, out of all the types of analysis you could do, this is one of the less relevant ones (wouldn't looking at story selection and content be more revealing?), but it has the virtue of being the most likely to make his point that the poor poor Conservatives could win an election if only the media would tell Canadians what great people they are and how smart all their ideas are.

As Zerbisias notes, even on this count (looking at the voting habits of reporters) the preliminary data doesn't look good for Peter Boo-Hoo, but that's not the point. The point is that he is calling for a study to prove his theory about media bias, but his own call is biased, probably far more so than the media could ever be. It's all a bit sad, really.


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