Media bias in choice of pictures: Dayton Daily quietly endorses Romney & Santorum

Media bias in choice of photos of Republican Presidential primary coverage

Which of these four candidates looks out of place?

Front page of the Dayton Daily News, centered, above the fold. Photos of the four Republican candidates involved in the Feb. 22, 2012, debate in Mesa, Arizona. If we ignore the headline that places  Romney and Santorum as the only two possible contenders, and just examine the picture spread, we have 2 candidates looking thoughtful, looking to the left, one candidate looking to the right with an expression that looks like he’s a jack-in-the-box, and then a disgusted looking candidate looking back over the field, dejected.

If pictures tell a thousand words- what do these four pictures, together with a headline, do? Minimize two candidates-clearly mocking one, Ron Paul, and setting Gingrich aside as a spectator at a train wreck.

Photo choices by media outlets convey bias as much as words do.

Editorial note- this type of “debate” isn’t really a debate at all and the coverage of these events does little to illuminate the candidates’ positions. Most of the time is spent name calling, or discussing moot points on “Hot Button Issues” that most likely will be decided by the Supreme Court. If you make your voting decision based on this type of information- you are, and will forever be, misinformed and under-informed. It’s why, besides taking the money out of politics, we also need to create a mechanism to give equal opportunity to communicate with voters, a much shorter political season, opportunity for minor parties to actively engage in the process and a voting process that doesn’t make the people choose between the lesser of two evils when they cast their vote. See this post: http://esrati.com/choice-american-as-apple-pie-unless-were-talking-politics/7005/

 

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