Media impact on the special election
Fri Jan 22 22:11:09 EST 2010
Garrett Wollman wrote:
> I was talking with Scott on Tuesday night, and he pointed out to me
> that traditionally Republican parts of Western Mass. voted
> overwhelmingly for Coakley over Brown, whereas people within the
> Boston market went the other way. I don't know if the final results
> show the same pattern, but if they do, it may say something
> interesting about the impact of the mass media on the election. I
> assume that neither the candidates nor the "independent expenditure"
> groups bought TV time in the Albany market, which reaches that part of
> the state, and that most voters read the campaign coverage in the
> /Eagle/ (which gets its Eastern Mass. coverage from the AP).
I have since been reminded that Martha Coakley is originally from North
Adams, which may also have some bearing on her performance out west.
But it's also true that you can't hear Howie or Jay or the other Boston
talkers out there, nor is the Herald widely distributed...
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