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Washington Post Gives Obama Triple Coverage

John on August 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm

This is a follow-up to this post. The Washington Post’s ombudsman, Deborah Howell, continued her investigation of the coverage of the two candidates in the paper. Here’s what she found:

Democrat Barack Obama has had about a 3 to 1 advantage over Republican John McCain in Post Page 1 stories since Obama became his party’s presumptive nominee June 4. Obama has generated a lot of news by being the first African American nominee, and he is less well known than McCain — and therefore there’s more to report on. But the disparity is so wide that it doesn’t look good.

In overall political stories from June 4 to Friday, Obama dominated by 142 to 96. Obama has been featured in 35 stories on Page 1; McCain has been featured in 13, with three Page 1 references with photos to stories on inside pages.

Bill Hamilton, the paper’s assistant news editor reaches new heights of indignation defend this 3 to 1 skew:

We make our own decisions about what we consider newsworthy. We are not garment workers measuring our product every day to fulfill somebody’s quota. That means as editors we decide what we think is important, because that’s what our readers look for us to do — not to adhere to some arbitrary standard.

Hey, Bill, if you were a garment worker you’d have been fired for shoddy work. Just make the coverage more fair. That’s all. That or let the readers know that you’re an intentionally pro-Obama paper.

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