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Election 2004: Did the Media Fail?

Election 2004: Did the Media Fail?

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Media and the Election: Is our Democracy Working?. These two speakers share a strong sense of regret for missed opportunities during the 2004 election. Terence Smith points to "big shortcomings—the unanswered questions and unaddressed topics." Among these: The inability of news organizations to cover the war on terrorism as a political issue, and an examination of "Republicans' competence at electioneering, and their sophisticated operation in 50 states." Another "harsh fact about the coverage: Despite the big turnout, the great portion of the public tuned out." Smith is "not sure that the vast complex known as the media got through to the public in any great detail." He wonders how skeptical and probing the media will be "if the administration... Show More


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