Monday, June 30, 2008

The Liberal Media Octopus has some sneaky tentacles

Noted loser Patrick Ruffini sets up a good one.
Today's Peggy Noonan column has a revealing statistic: in Google News there are currently 138,000 news articles on Barack Obama and 97,000 on John McCain.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

The vast majority of campaign stories have to mention both candidates, if only to report on the other candidate's response to another's volley. This statistic alone tells us nothing about who's in the "lede."

So I decided to try an experiment.

I searched for stories that mentioned Obama but didn't mention McCain in Google News. 69,473 stories.

And stories that mention McCain but not Obama? 19,135.

That's a stunning 3.63 to 1 ratio.
Ruffini goes on to point out that a roughly 3 to 1 ratio also exists when he does a similar search of Yahoo! News. Of course, without knowing the context of those stories, you can't lend any credence to his argument that this helps Obama. On Google alone, when you add in the words Muslim, Rezko or "Jeremiah Wright" you find:
  • Obama + Muslim - McCain: 3,634
  • Obama + Rezko - McCain: 1,423
  • Obama + "jeremiah wright" - McCain: 2,285

So it's clear that Patrick Ruffini--who's dedicated to winning the web for wingnuts--is either simply dumb or just thinks his readers are too dumb to look into the truth of what he's saying. But here's the funniest bit: When you search TheNextRight itself for stories which mention Obama but don't mention McCain (and vice versa), you get 1,320 Obama-only stories and 494 McCain-only stories.

Roughly a 3 to 1 ratio.


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