Jan
01
2001

Media See the Poor as Aggressors in 'Class War'

Survey finds bottom-up references overwhelm top-down

"In a time of peace and prosperity, Al Gore is betting that Americans want to go to war." That was the lead of a Los Angeles Times article by political reporter Ronald Brownstein (8/18/00) the day after Al Gore's speech to the Democratic Convention in August. Brownstein was referring to Gore's pledge to take the side of working families against "powerful forces and powerful interests." By using the word "war," Brownstein was echoing the Bush campaign's denunciation of the Gore speech as "class warfare." According to the Nexis media database, in the months since the convention speech, Al Gore's name […]

Jan
01
2001

Serial Exaggerators

Media's double standard on political lying

Throughout the presidential elections, mainstream media outlets were quick to charge Democratic candidate Al Gore with exaggerations: Whether he was talking about inventing the Internet, inspiring Love Story or discovering Love Canal, you just couldn't trust what Gore was saying. If you looked into these incidents, you found that in each case the media's exaggerations were worse than Gore's: It's largely true that he "took the initiative in creating the Internet" while in Congress, as he said (he never said he "invented" it); according to Love Story author Erich Segal, he did help inspire the book's male hero; and the […]