...but the media ignores the candidate, does it really happen? Glenn Greenwald looks at the media narratives that can't say enough about McCain's "ri
January 7, 2008

...but the media ignores the candidate, does it really happen?

Glenn Greenwald looks at the media narratives that can't say enough about McCain's "rise from the dead" but ignore John Edwards' rise completely. (h/t Atrios)

Aside from the fact that these endless prediction games completely overwhelm any substantive discussions, their guesses -- which are really wishes -- are almost always dreadfully wrong and plainly designed to advance their concealed agenda for which candidates they like and dislike. Why is any of that something that reporters ought to be doing at all? Is there any distinction between what a "reporter" does and what a "pundit" does covering this campaign? There doesn't seem to be any.

As but one example, consider this new daily tracking poll today from Rasumussen Reports. At least according to this poll, it is true that there has been one candidate who has been genuinely surging in the last week or two among Democratic voters nationally -- John Edwards [..]

Yet to listen to media reports, Edwards doesn't even exist. His campaign is dead. He has no chance. They hate Edwards, hate his message, and thus rendered him invisible long ago, only now to declare him dead -- after he came in second place in the first caucus of the campaign.

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