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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
NewsBusters' Selective Analysis of Clinton Wedding Coverage
Topic: NewsBusters

An Aug. 2 NewsBusters post by Nathan Burchfiel offers a rather selective approach to examining coverage of Chelsea Clinton's wedding and complaining it got more coverage than Jenna Bush's wedding, implying that this was yet another example of liberal bias:

The broadcast networks - ABC, CBS and NBC - aired 87 stories about Clinton's July 31 nuptials between July 25 and August 1. Four major newspapers - The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today - printed 21 stories during the same time period.


NBC led all coverage of Clinton's wedding with 59 stories during the period examined, almost as many as all three networks combined reported on the wedding of former first daughter Jenna Bush in 2008. ABC, CBS and NBC aired a total of 59 stories about Bush's wedding during the same time period surrounding the May 11, 2008, event.

The 48-percent increase in coverage on the networks was similar to the 52-percent increase in coverage of Clinton's wedding over Bush's in the four major newspapers. The publications ran 21 stories about Bush's wedding compared to 32 about Clinton's.

Burchfiel conveniently ignores conservative media such as the New York Post, which had numerous stories on the wedding, as well as a 42-pic photo gallery of Chelsea, a 6-pic gallery of the wedding itself, 8 pictures of VIPs arriving at the wedding and 24 pics of the town where they got married.

Further, Fox News had a reporter on the scene in the town where they got married, filing numerous reports throughout the day, as "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart highlighted.

While there arguably was overcoverage of Chelsea's wedding, let's not pretend, as Burchfiel does, that it was only the so-called "liberal media" that was doing it.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:32 PM EDT

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