Friday, October 01, 2004

Don't be duped by post-debate spin

Several recent media reports have addressed the role post-debate spin played in the 2000 presidential campaign. O­n September 29, Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz recalled how Republicans succeeded in shifting the media's focus after the first debate; o­ne day before, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman noted that "after a few days, Mr. Bush's defeat in the debate had been spun into a victory"; and o­n September 26, TIME magazine correspondents Karen Tumulty and John F. Dickerson wrote: "It wasn't until a day or two after the first debate in 2000 that the analysis turned to Gore's exaggerated claims and his patronizing sighs. ... A study by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center found nonviewers' opinions of Gore eroding as the coverage of his manner grew more negative."

See:

How the GOP Spin Machine Changed Viewers Opinions After the 2000 Debates

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