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September 21, 2009

THE ENDLESS OBAMAMERCIAL

NY Post - During his first eight months in office, President Obama has sat down for three times as many television interviews as his most recent two predecessors combined. . . .

In the New York Times alone, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, 405 stories on the Obama administration have appeared on the front page through mid-August of this year totaling 119,678 column inches. That's 9,973 column feet of Obama coverage on the Times front page alone. . .

As of mid-August, Obama submitted to a total of 66 television interviews, dramatically outstripping his two predecessors, according to Martha Joynt Kumar, director of the White House Transition Project at Towson University in Maryland.

During the same period of their own presidencies, President George W. Bush gave 16 television interviews and President Bill Clinton gave just six.

Obama is also out-hustling his predecessors with the print media, giving 36 interviews with newspapers and magazines during his first seven months in office -- nearly doubling the numbers given by Bush and Clinton.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Mairead said...

It's the post-modern way: as in mediaeval magic, the word is the deed.

But the thing about magical glamours and enchantments is that they do wear off, and can't easily be refreshed.

September 22, 2009 6:16 AM  

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