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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

media weirdness in Obama speech

I was watching the election results with Bill Dwyer, a Forest Park neighbor.

We noticed that there was a difference between the WGN coverage of Obama's speech and MSNBC's coverage.

In WGN's coverage Obama's background included 2-4 African-Americans pictured with a large number of people who looked "White". In the MSNBC coverage the background was almost entirely African-American.

Bill and I went back and forth between channels. I concluded that there was no way different camera angles could account for the difference. Either WGN or MSNBC was doing something to alter who appeared behind the candidate on television.

WGN is a local outlet. MSNBC is a national outlet.

I'm going to avoid making explicit allegations, but I'd like some media experts to examine the difference and get the explanations from the two networks for the differences.

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  • putting a little too much thought into it. Here's how it works...Obama's camp tells the media where they can set up. generally a very cramped area for all the outlets..camera's are in place early..people show up later. No control over where or how they gather!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:46 AM, February 06, 2008  

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