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Babbler # 958

posted 06 June 2004 06:59 PM      Profile for spindoctor   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
[QUOTENotwithstanding the headlines and packed nightly campaign rallies in Conservative strongholds like Edmonton, the NDP has remained flat in the polls, oscillating between 16 and 20 per cent in most opinion surveys. [/QUOTE]

The above quote was from the online Globeandmail story about the NDP's shift in strategy to attack the Conservatives and to me it highlights the maddening problem with the media's obsession about who's winning and who's losing the campaign.

It is by far the most dominant news frame in the media's coverage and it leads to totally absurd quotes like the one above; namely, the NDP is at 20% in the polls and this is "flat," because compared to the two front-runners, they're far behind.

There are more to election dynamics than simply the winner and the loser. The fact that the NDP its approaching its highest amount of support in its history is a major news story and reflective of significant developments in the electorate's behaviour.

But the dominant news frame of who's ahead and who's behind prevents that from being discussed.

From: Kingston, Jamaica.....oh alright....Kingston, Ontario | Registered: Jul 2001  |  IP: Logged
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Babbler # 5089

posted 06 June 2004 07:03 PM      Profile for NDP Newbie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
There is far more fertile ground in attacking the Liberals.
From: Cornwall, ON | Registered: Mar 2004  |  IP: Logged
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posted 06 June 2004 07:39 PM      Profile for Stockholm     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Unfortunatley for the NDP its gains came too early for the media to notice. From 8% in the 2000 election, the NDP has been steadily creeping upwards to the 17-18% level as the election was called. Then when we conserve these gains after the first 10 days of the campaign, the media says we have stalled. Iagine if the NDP had been at 8% for the last years and suddenly went from 8% to 18% just in the last two weeks? The coverage would be totally different!
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posted 06 June 2004 08:12 PM      Profile for clearview     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Horse race coverage is horibble as an election is not at all similar to a race. The coverage should be about policy with a healthy amount of debates so we can see what the candidates stand for and how they might stand up in parliament. It may be easy for those who have internet access and are political junkies to discover this, but for the majority of people who rely on television coverage for news it would be much more difficult to discover such things. I completely understand when people say they don't know enough about the politicians or parties to vote.
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