Carol Platt Liebau: Spinning the Analysis

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Spinning the Analysis

Here's a remarkable little piece of spin disguised as political analysis.

The story characterizes the GOP as "gambling" on a NJ Senate going Republican, treating the phenomenon as though it would be a long shot. Yet look at the most recent polls -- Rassmussen shows the race tied, while CBS/NY Times shows ethically challenged incumbent Bob Menendez up by one.

Why have we seen no similar stories discussing Democratic "gambling" in, say, Tennessee? Or even in Missouri -- the New Jersey story emphasizes how long it's been since that state elected a Republican senator (1972) . . . but Missouri hasn't elected a Democratic senator since 1980.

It's all a matter of perspective, isn't it, and the MSM's perspective is certainly clear.


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