Networks meanest to Dean, light on coverage

By Geraldine Sealey
January 16, 2004 8:33PM (UTC)
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The networks nightly newscasts were nastiest to Howard Dean in their relatively scaled-down coverage of the early months of the presidential campaign. Media watchdog group Center for Media and Public Affairs says only 49 percent of on-air evaluations of Dean in 2003 were favorable. His eight opponents got rosier depictions: 78 percent favorable.

And the networks put less into covering the campaign: Airtime for presidential politics was down 62 percent from the year before the 1996 election, the last time an incumbent faced reelection.

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at

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