Minister of Science and Chief Protector of the Faith

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Corporate Media Will Decide Who Can and Cannot Run in the Upcoming Election

John Edwards has dropped out of the Democratic presidential race. American elections are a numbers game, and John just didn't have the numbers.

media coverage of each of the candidates, in order of volume by week:

media coverage of each of the candidates, in order of volume over 6 months:

Essentially, six people have decided who you will vote for:
One of them is Rupert Murdoch.


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At Wed Jan 30, 04:09:00 PM, Blogger Liberality said...

It just sucks, sucks, sucks that these 6 jerk offs have only their own selfish interests in mind and not the country's interests and can therefore dictate the fate of our country. Capitalism is killing Democracy!!!

At Wed Jan 30, 05:45:00 PM, Blogger Dean Wormer said...

Duncan Black (Atrios) had the best comment on this "Maybe if Edwards had announced his exit from the race every week he would have gotten more media coverage."

At Wed Jan 30, 07:35:00 PM, Blogger DCup said...

I am broken hearted over this.

At Wed Jan 30, 07:52:00 PM, Blogger spocko said...

I felt that Edwards had the right combination of hope, sticking it to the corporate interests and the ability to "De-Bushify" D.C.

After DK, he was my man. Now I'm left with HRC and BO.

Hmmm. I'm leaning toward HRC because I think she might have better luck de-bushifying the government, but then again she might play the "let's all get along instead of punishing the Republicans for the last 7 years of mayhem.

Maybe Edwards for Attorney General. That might be fun.

At Wed Jan 30, 08:10:00 PM, Blogger Comrade Kevin said...

Edwards' message never caught on and his presentation of it got lost in the shuffle. Whether this is the fault of merely the MSM or Edwards or his campaign, I'm not sure.

I am cautious to give the media more credit than it may deserve.

At Wed Jan 30, 08:42:00 PM, OpenID mwbworld said...

It's a shame Edwards wasn't hammering his message now back when he was Kerry's running mate.

I think it would have made a big difference back in '04.

At Thu Jan 31, 06:50:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

I loved Edwards' "two Americas" theme when he ran in 2004, and it's a shame the consultant-heavy Kerry campaign muzzled him once he became the VP nominee.

At least (I hope) Edwards will continue to be a very active public figure, and will have a chance to shape policy in a future Democratic administration.

And so, my long tradition of backing losers in the Democratic primaries continues.

At Thu Jan 31, 06:58:00 AM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

Come on everyone, dry those eyes! Six is more than five, which is what it'll be soon enough I'm sure!

Keep 'em stupid, control the flow. That's the American way.

I think comrade kevin hit on something, basically that there's plenty of blame to go around. I'm not sure what Edwards could've done further besides use some color graphs like here: the number one issue now? The economy. And that didn't resonate? And if it's so important, why didn't the voters latch on to that? The media sucks, and most people are wankers. A deadly combination.

At Thu Jan 31, 11:20:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Sad but oh so true.

At Thu Jan 31, 04:35:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Liberality: In'm not even sure we can blame Capitalism. These are "Fascist" policies that have been growing since Eisenhower.

Dean Wormer: Ha! Good quote.

DCup: I am actually going to vote for Obama, but it is so unfair that Edwards got shafted like this.

spocko: I hope for more BO and less HRC. (HRC is actually a television format, the one used in Great Britain, I think.)

Comrade Kevin: I don't know, he got less coverage than Giuliani. That's pretty bad. If only his running mate was Britney Spears!

MWB's World: It probably wouldn't have mattered, as the election was stolen anyway.

Bubs: I hope that he will be Obama's VP! Edwards may have lost, but he will never be a loser. ;o)

Randal Graves: What does this mean? "Six is more than five..." I feel stupid asking. :o(

Dr. Monkerstein: Yep. Sad but true, old friend.

At Fri Feb 01, 01:20:00 AM, Blogger SamuraiFrog said...

When you go around saying that you want to cut off the corporate stranglehold on democracy, the corporate media responds by ignoring you and silencing your voice. It makes me sad as hell; he was the only candidate who promised to stop corporate welfare, try to end the war NOW instead of several years from now, and nationalize health care. And he didn't take the money.

Principles and character; no wonder he didn't get any coverage.

At Fri Feb 01, 05:33:00 AM, Blogger FranIAm said...


Having worked in said industry for most of my adult life, I was ranting about ownership rules in the 80's when the seedlings of this situation were sprouting.

At Fri Feb 01, 08:20:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

SamuraiFrog: "...he was the only candidate who promised to stop corporate welfare,..." Actually, even John McCain is promising this. I think that Edwards was far more serious about the subject, though. I agree that the the corporate media did not like his message, and just cut his mike.

FranIAm: Yes, I agree. I am actually going to vote for Obama, but it is so unfair that Edwards got shafted like this. Corporations are destroying this county.

At Fri Feb 01, 09:51:00 AM, Blogger dguzman said...

I'm still bummed, and I just can't snap out of it. I went from excited about Edwards to frustrated by Obama and Clinton. I will probably vote Clinton.

At Sat Feb 02, 11:46:00 PM, Anonymous AgentOrange said...

Well if he wanted more coverage than he should've done something genuinely news worthy: like date Paris Hilton, drive under the influence of pills & booze, or maybe even a simple red carpet wardrobe malfnuction. Is a little nipple slip too much to ask from the candidates? I get the feeling that some of them just aren't trying. It's not like we're asking ofr a Britney Spears style police stand off.

At Sun Feb 03, 02:31:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Dguzman: I'm still hoping for Nancy Pelosi in '08! She is only two endictments away from the presidency.

AgentOrange: If only he had worn tassles on his nipples when he gave a speech...


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