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Health Care or Careless?

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 26, 2012 in Uncategorized |

More re-enforcement of what seems to be than break through news, a recent study shows conservatives criticize the health care reform law better than the administration promotes it.

Most coverage in the news media was opinion about the politics of the thing rather than news about how it actually works, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, which recently released its study.  Disappointing, not surprising.

Opponents are winning the language war:

“An analysis by PEJ of the language used in the media (PEJ research) reveals that opponents of the reform won the so-called ‘massaging war’ in the coverage.  Terms that were closely associated with opposition arguments, such as “government run,” were far more present in media reports than terms associated with arguments supporting the bill, such as ‘pre-existing conditions.’”

I guess so.  The web announcement of the report never mentions the law’s actual name, The Affordable Care Act

See more:

http://www.journalism.org/commentary_backgrounder/how_media_has_covered_health_care_debate

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