The opposite must also be true

Posted: May 29, 2008 in Politics

During her CNN appearance, Yellin said the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives to make sure the war was presented “in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings.”

The higher Bush’s approval ratings, the more pressure she felt from news executives to put on positive stories about the president, she said. Pushed by Cooper to explain, Yellin said her bosses would turn down critical stories about the administration and try to put on positive pieces. (more…)

With Bush’s approval ratings in the toilet, are reporters equally under pressure by their executives to only put out negative stories about him?

(A good point raised by Larry Elder this afternoon.)

Certainly her experience does not apply to congress (approval 11%), especially with members like Congressman Paul E. Kanjorsk admission barely breaking the headlines.

  1. DarkStar says:

    I’m going to blog about this some, but what is interesting is a long time conservative host who has an afternoon show on WBAL, has said his opposition to the war, even when he provided other conservatives who questioned the war, cost him listeners. Yesterday, he said he ratings show he lost 30% of his listeners and he thanked the radio station for keeping him around. I wondered why the radio station started advertising his show so heavily in other media sources.

  2. MIB says:

    The news media’s job is to be critical. Not derisive. Critical. On this point the U.S. commercial news media’s coverage of the President has been very soft — at times almost to the point of propaganda. This is the result of the media’s deregulation to the extent its ownership now rests in a few corporate hands. Like the gov’t, the media is now a de facto agent of Big Business. The President’s

    recent ‘negative press’ is just a cynical marketing ploy.

    FWIW, the commercial press’ coverage of Congress is even more negligent than that of the WH. I suppose that’s natural, being that the President is the lead executive of our gov’t and Commander-in-chief.

  3. Duane says:

    The news media’s job is to be critical. Not derisive. Critical. On this point the U.S. commercial news media’s coverage of the President has been very soft — at times almost to the point of propaganda.

    What is deemed as “critical” depends on where you are politically. While you on one hand can point out examples where YOU feel the media was not hard enough on Bush on a particular issue, I on the other hand can provide examples where, compared to other past presidents, the media has been particularly harsh on Bush. There is no end to a discusion based on perspective and what those individuals choose to accept as truth.

    When Bill Clinton was being questioned by the media on his various dark political activities when he was in office (especially during the Monica Lewinsky situation), Democrats surrounded him and found any “critical” media coverage about him to be appalling. Now that Obama is the preferred candidate, many of the same talking points that were used by Republicans in the media are now being used by talking heads in the Democratic party. Heck, its even okay to finially call the Clintons ‘racist’.

    Most Obama supporters would suggest that all the coverage surrounding Rev. Wright was far-reaching and an attempt by the media to harm Obama. Those that do not support Obama would suggest that the media was doing its job of being “critical”.

    Yellin’s accusation only holds water with those who already have a bias against the Bush administration in the first place. If this was a media ratings move as she is suggesting here, then the opposite would have to be true with Bush’s current low ratings. It’s funny to me how Bush can be portrayed as a bumbling idiot who cannot manage the war, inccapable of managing the nation, yet somehow he has a stranglehold on mainstream media.

  4. Wizz says:

    I don’t think anyone said Bush has a stanglehold on mainstream media… He doesn’t even have a good hold on the english language. How could he have a hold on the media? What I read is that corporations and their money have a hold on the media. Most of the best actual NEWS coverage is on CSPAN and PBS which are not making huge profits of it. And they are not trying to push propaganda.

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