Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
CBS Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer has been acting like the civility cops lately, only rather than arrest the perpetrator he wants to handcuff the victim. I caught part of this interview on Sunday, and I thought to myself "WTF Bob"? That's right Bob, clutch your pearls and reach for the smellimg salts.
Steve Benen writes Misperceptions about 2012 attack ads:
Several major media figures have already complained about the tone of the 2012 presidential race, with much of the criticism directed at President Obama's re-election campaign.
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Perhaps now would be a good time for a quick reality check. Josh Green cited research from Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group, which found that 63,793 presidential campaign ads have been broadcast since the start of the general election campaign on April 10. As Green noted, the data uncovered a noteworthy trend: "Democrats are running a largely positive campaign, while Republicans are running a mostly negative one."
As is my wont, I put together a chart on the available data:
Which side of the aisle is running more attack ads? At this point in the process, there doesn't appear to be much of a contest.
Green added, "So why, if Obama is running overwhelmingly positive ads, does the media coverage leave the impression that the campaign has been overwhelmingly negative? Axelrod provided a clue. He said that the positive ads have been running mostly in the battleground states -- where national media bigwigs like Bob Schieffer don't see them."
You've got to get out of your Beltway media bubble, Bob. Why don't you rent a motor home and go out into the real America to talk to real Americans like your buddy Charles Kuralt used to do? I'm just sayin'. The fresh air might clear your mind.