Cheat-Seeking Missles

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Reid/Foley Index Turns More Left

Today's Reading: 44 Left*
Yesterday's Reading: 27 Left

Has Mark Foley decided to very deliberately keep his name in the news and further foul the GOP waters before the election? Quite possibly. His announcement that he is going to announce the priest who allegedly molested him ensures at least two days of media coverage of that part of this tawdry tale.

The "He's going to announce" announcement pushed up Foley media coverage, and today the C-SM Reid/Foley MSM Bias Index rose to 44 Left from yesterday's 27 Left.*

The true level of bias is actually much greater, since a significant number of the 22 Reid stories turned up by Nexis today were not about his financial scandal, while it appears that nearly all the 934 Foley stories referenced the page scandal.

* How the Index works: Perfect MSM balance yields an index of 0, as stories of Senate Minory Leader Harry Reid's financial scandals 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.

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