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Posted on 12/26/2002 10:53:22 PM PST by TLBSHOW
Lott's Comments Get 20 Times the Coverage of Murray's
The mainstream media gave former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's comments praising his Senate colleague Strom Thurmond nearly 20 times the coverage it devoted to Sen. Patty Murray's remarks praising Osama bin Laden during the same period of time.
From Dec. 5, when Lott praised D-Day veteran Thurmond's 1948 presidential candidacy on a segregationist ticket at his 100th birthday celebration, through Dec. 12, more than a week before Lott resigned his leadership post, the Lott-Thurmond imbroglio was the subject of 641 print reports and news broadcasts, a Lexis-Nexis search reveals.
Coverage was particularly heavy in prestige press outlets like the New York Times, the Washington Post and all three broadcast television networks.
But Sen. Murray, who suggested in comments first reported last Thursday that the man who killed more than 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001, had performed many good works that the U.S. should emulate, has gotten a mainstream media pass. From Dec. 19 through Dec. 26, Murray's incendiary remarks, which struck some as traitorous, were covered in just 35 news stories, with almost all prestige press outlets declining to pick the story up.
The New York Times, for instance, has yet to breathe a word about Sen. Murray's praise for the 9/11 mastermind, but devoted nine stories to the Lott-Thurmond flap in its first week. The Los Angeles Times has also been silent on Murray. The Washington Post has had two reports on Murray compared to twelve on Lott.
"We've got to ask, why is this man (Osama bin Laden) so popular around the world?," said the Washington State Democrat who faces re-election in 2004. "Why are people so supportive of him in many countries that are riddled with poverty?
"He's been out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day care facilities, building health care facilities, and the people are extremely grateful. We haven't done that."
"How would they look at us today if we had been there helping them with some of that rather than just being the people who are going to bomb in Iraq and go to Afghanistan?"