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Attila the Pun
Friday, October 01, 2004
 
Bush bad Kerry bad too Bush Bad!

Psychologists refer to the 'primacy' and 'recency' effect, whereby when a person is exposed to a series of pictures/people/statements/information etc, they are more likely to remember the first and last ones. Which is more prominent is not clear

But when you read the Age's report on the Presidential debate between Kerry and Bush, you realise it doesn't matter anyway:

First paragraph:

US Democratic challenger John Kerry today accused President George W Bush of making a "colossal error of judgment" over Iraq in their first televised debate today.

Last paragraph:

Kerry said Bush had misled the country on the war by pledging to plan carefully, give diplomacy every chance to prevail and more. He said Osama bin Laden had used the invasion as a recruiting tool for terrorists.

A complete coincidence I am sure. And this is just purely subjective:

Bush appeared perturbed when Kerry levelled some of his charges, scowling at times and looking away in apparent disgust at others.

and Kerry's reactions?

Kerry often took notes when the president spoke.

oooh, what an intellectual.

This is also chucked in apparently at random, it is not a quote from Kerry, or even follows a point made by him:

More than 1,000 Americans have been killed in Iraq since the US-led invasion in March 2003, many of them by insurgents battling American forces.

Of course, none of this comes as a great shock when you read this at the bottom:

- AFP/AP

Is any of this earth shattering? Of course not, it is just further symptoms of the bias that infects the media. There are high profile examples. like Rathergate, but there is also day to day bad journalism like this.

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