The Invisible Primary

Ars Technica has an interesting article up: POTUS 2008: Are you ready for some football? where they cover and summarize a report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy THE INVISIBLE PRIMARY—INVISIBLE NO LONGER

A new study out <snip> shows what readers of political blogs in either half of Blogistan already know painfully well: traditional media’s coverage of our political contests is dissatisfying and generally uninformative. The study, entitled “The Invisible Primary—Invisible No Longer: A First Look at Coverage of the 2008 Presidential Campaign,” also paints a clear picture of what’s wrong, laying out how the media focuses obsessively on the “horse race” aspects of political campaigns—tactics, strategy, positioning, and polling, while almost completely ignoring critical issues like the candidates’ actual records and the likely impact of the candidates’ policy positions on citizens’ lives.

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