Cheat-Seeking Missles

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

MSM Bias Indices: What NIE Leak?

I as just set to click "Publish Post" on a Cheat-Seeking Missile MSM Bias Index yesterday when my battery ran out and all those carefully lined up electrons disappeared into wherever they disappear into. So today's update is a two-day summary.

The findings are much more accurate because I qualified each Nexis search -- Harry Reid with real estate or gift, Mark Foley with page and Curt Weldon with daughter. For Larry Hanauer, as you'll see, there was no need for further qualifications.

The oldie:
The Reid/Foley Index: Left 105

Congress was quick to call hearings on the Foley matter, ensuring this story would have legs through the election season. Not so with Reid, in one of the more stupid tactical moves to date of GOP Congressional "leadership." As a result, there were 525 Foley stories and only 5 involving the minority leader of the Senate's real estate and gift-giving scandals. That's 2.5 stories per scandal.

The adjustment:
The Reid/Weldon Index: Left 6

In this measure of competing financial/influence scandals, the junior GOP House member got six times more coverage than the senior Dem Senate member. Weldon 30, Reid 5. Oh where, oh where did my little objectivity commitment go?

The big one:
The Hanauer/Foley Index: Left 262

Who was the alleged hand behind the leak that singlehandedly stopped GOP momentum in its tracks and put our soldiers and national security at risk? Larry Hanauer! And who acted out on homo fantasies and could be an easy whipping boy for GOP-bashers? Mark Foley. So, should MSM go with the significant or the incidental? The Dem-harmer or the GOP-harmer?

The speed with which Larry Hanauer's name has fallen out of the media is nothing short of stunning. Over two days, two stories. Two. It's a leak story; the last big leak story was who leaked a two-bit CIA operative's name to a newspaper columnist ... you might remember that one because it got a tad more coverage.

* 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.

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