On the topic of biased or inadequate media coverage of the elections, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh had a noteworthy take: On his November 4 radio show, he claimed that the New York Times was apparently hiding a news report favorable to Republicans.
The Times reported that Republican candidates were likely to win some key Congressional races. According to Limbaugh, “In fact, you can’t find this story. You know where I found this New York Times story? In some little paper, like the Oshkosh Gazette or something. But it’s an Adam Clymer story…. I can’t find it in the Times, but the Times guy wrote it. It’s so good for the Republicans, I don’t think it made the Times, and went out on a New York Times wire service or news service, I think.”
The problem with Limbaugh’s media analysis? Clymer’s report, “Control of House Expected to Stay in Hands of G.O.P.,” was printed on the front page of the Times on November 4– the same day Limbaugh was on the airwaves telling his listeners that he couldn’t find the story in the Times. It appeared in the top right-hand column of the paper– the spot the paper reserves for what it considers its most important stories.
Despite his questionable observation skills, Limbaugh was a featured analyst on NBC during its election night coverage.
To read the Times story that Limbaugh apparently couldn’t find, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/04/politics/campaigns/04HOUS.html>(*registration required)
Below is Limbaugh’s analysis as it appeared on his website:
Clymer Election Exam Doesn’t Make Times
November 4, 2002
The New York Times has an interesting story dated November 3rd, citing a generic poll that comes out in favor of the GOP, by 51% – 49%. Our old pal Adam Clymer wrote the piece, which is full of good news for Republicans.
Clymer’s examination of the election shows that Republicans are going to gain in the House, with the Senate still up for grabs. Here’s a quote: “Republicans are poised to buck history and make slim gains in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, according to analyses by campaign officials of both parties, the latest polls, and reports from political experts around the country.”
The thing that’s really interesting is that you can’t find this story in the Times. I found it in the Montpelier Times-Argus in Vermont. It’s an Adam Clymer story, but it’s not in the Times. It’s so good for the Republicans, they must have left it out of the paper, but it went out on the New York Times wire service.