Originally Posted by bjkeefe
I don't buy this. The entire 2000 campaign, we were hammered with "Gore lies" and "Bush is the kind of guy you'd like to have a beer with." Gore should have won in a landslide, and he owns some of the blame for not doing so. However, I remain convinced that he would have at least won narrowly, had it not been for the MSM.
Actually, that election provides a host of good examples of the sort of boomerang-press-bias effect. I think both the 'pop quiz' on international leaders, as well as the press sitting on the DWI story until 5 days before the election, actually helped Bush, rather than hurt him, by making it look like the press was out to "get" him.
I voted for Gore in that election, in no small part because I thought the proposed "Office of Faith-based initiatives" was the worst political idea in a hundred years or so; even so, if you thought that election coverage was decidedly pro-bush, I think you have some reason to doubt your own objectivity in regards to media political coverage.