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."


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


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