A prospective experiment for you all to do at home

Here is a prospective journalistic experiment for you all to do in the privacy of your own home. Then it’s time for me to get back to the science.

The previous post (https://luysii.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/helping-hillary-along/) showed how the New York Times is working very hard to brand Rubio as a member of the Republican establishment and as their preferred candidate. Well, he might be just that, but if there ever was a candidate of the Democratic establishment it is Hillary Clinton.

So here’s the experiment for you to do. Pick a media outlet you follow (NPR, New York Times, Washington Post, any TV channel of your choice etc. etc.). Then count the number of times the term establishment is used in stories about Rubio and about Hillary. Since I read the NYT daily, I’ll choose them. I get the WSJ but never plow through the whole thing — just the first section.

There’s no point in being a scientific type if you don’t make predictions. Mine is that the word establishment will be used at least twice as often (if not more) in stories about Rubio than in stories about Hillary (this includes op-eds).

So pick your outlet and start tomorrow. Send your results here by writing a comment on this post.

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  • Curious Wavefunction  On February 9, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    They won’t explicitly use “establishment” in reference to Hillary because it’s so obvious that she’s the establishment candidate. Meanwhile they are desperately trying to find a moderate GOP candidate; Rubio at least somewhat fits the bill. Given that the current GOP “establishment” is rather extreme though, it would be a joke calling him the establishment candidate.

  • luysii  On February 9, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    That’s one way to look at it. But she’s trying to portray herself as someone up against the male establishment, and tagging her as establishment which we all agree she is wouldn’t help, and the NYT certainly is acting as if it wants to help her.

    Even the description of the joys of socialism in Venezuela appearing on the front page today 9 Feb (something that should have appeared long ago) could be regarded as attacking Bernie.

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