Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Another order of objectivity

Here's one of those occasional stories that inclines one to forgive the McClatchy Washburo its ineptitude with survey data, its inability to remember minor stuff like the difference between the Warsaw Treaty Organization and the Soviet Union, and the like:

ACORN may be victim, not perpetrator, in registration cases
(Neat, huh? Just as a group that nobody but activists and Foxheads had heard of last month replaces Iran as Direst Threat to the American Way on the Whole Planet, somebody in the big old mainstream media comes along and suggests thinking about it another way)

Republicans and their allies in the media and on the Internet are ramping up allegations that the liberal-leaning nonprofit voter registration group Acorn is trying to steal next month's presidential election for Democrat Barack Obama.

Another of those casual fact-drops we could use a lot more of: "Republicans and their allies in the media."

Conservative media outlets and Web sites are focusing on Acorn, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. According to, Fox News alone has mentioned Acorn stories 342 times in recent days.

Hmm. I don't know what a is, or why we're hearing from that rather than some of the better established content analysts out there, but -- imagine, news stories assuming that a correlation between party talking points and scale of Fox coverage is relevant!

The McClatchy folks have a lot of work to do, but let's go buy a lot of copies tomorrow anyway.


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