Cheat-Seeking Missles

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lean To The Left! The Left! The Left!

How big is the advantage Dems get from a left-biased media, Harry? Oh, about that big?

Yes, it's true. Only the Foley story can withstand to the flitting attention of the leftward-charging media herd. The C-SM Media Bias Index is showing that all the other scandals are starting to slip from the media's consciousness but -- at least through the election -- the Foley story appears to have the stuff to hang on.

Don't confuse "stuff" with newsworthiness. This is not a newsworthy story -- it just offers the enticing mix of prurient content and GOP-bashing. But as the index shows, newsworthiness has nothing to do with significance.

The oldie:
The Reid/Foley Index: Left 139

Foley's count is down significantly, from 262 Nexis hits to 139, but because the media is really staying away from Harry Reid's dual scadals, the index is actually up from yesterday's Left 106. Today, only the Conservative Weekly Standard turned up on Nexis.

The adjustment:
The Reid/Weldon Index: Left 15

This index compares a financial scandal with a financial scandal; not a whiff of sex. As the media finally feel justified in pretending there are no Reid scandals, the Reid/Weldon index climbs from Left 6 to Left 15. MSM just won't shake loose of this junior congressman's financial misdoings. Who cares if Harry is the Dem's senior senator and has run afoul of ethical standards? Not our "objective" media! Weldon: 15 stories, Reid: one.

The big one:
The Hanauer/Foley Index: Left Infinite (or Left 139 for the ilnumerate)

How many times greater is 139 than zero? There's the mathematical cunundrum in today's Bias Index, as the story about the alleged leaker of the story that roadblocked GOP momentum, put our soldiers at risk and violated the rules of the Intelligence Committee dropped off the media radar? Searching the English-language globe for mentions of Larry Hanauer, Nexis came up with nothing! This is not about news judgment; it's about election-rigging.

* How the Index works: Perfect MSM balance yields an index of 0; in the Reid/Foley index for example, stories of Senate Minory Leader Harry Reid's financial scandals would balance stories of Mark Foley's homosexual lust scandals. Less coverage of Reid/more coverage of Foley yields a "left" score, indicating leftist bias, with the number preceding "left" indicating the number of times greater Foley's coverage is. Greater Reid/lesser Foley coverage yields a "right" score with a similar multiplier. It's the same with the other indices. The findings are from a qualified each Nexis search, i.e., "Harry Reid AND real estate OR gift," when necessary.

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