Diary

Ellie Light vs. James O'Keefe (Which story did your local newspaper cover, and which cover not at all?)

Newspapers have a liberal bias? Let’s take a look.

ELLIE LIGHT-A pro-Obama astroturfer was caught sending similar letters to some 80 newspapers. The story seemingly should have been printed, at least, in those 80 newspapers. Embarrassing story for the left.

JAMES O’KEEFE–The ACORN undercover journalist was arrested preparing another undercover news story.-Embarrassing story for the right.

Was there an Associated Press story on Ellie Light? I couldn’t find it!

There have been daily Associated Press stories on James O’Keefe.

The James O’Keefe story should have been a one-day affair. He’s an undercover journalist. He’s not a government official. He’s not a foreign agent threatening to bring down our government. There are hundreds of murders in America every day that don’t get this coverage. There are terrorists who want to kill us who don’t get this coverage.

Let’s look at the hits in a few selected newspapers. We’ll use the term “ACORN” with “James O’Keefe” to keep out others with the same name. “Ellie Light’ appears to be unique.

JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–2,316 Google News hits
ELLIE LIGHT–121 Google News hits
JAMES OKEEFE + ACORN–171,000 Google hits
ELLIE LIGHT–598,000 Google hits

NEW YORK TIMES (NEW YORK, NY)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–29 hits
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–12 hits (past 30 days)
ELLIE LIGHT–0 hits

WASHINGTON POST (WASHINGTON, DC)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–6 hits (2009)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–27 hits (past 60 days)
ELLIE LIGHT–0 hits

LOS ANGELES TIMES (LOS ANGELES, CA)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–17 hits (6 hits this week)
ELLIE LIGHT–1 hit

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–7 hits (2009)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–3 hits (2010)
ELLIE LIGHT–0 hits

CHICAGO TRIBUNE (CHICAGO, IL)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–5 hits (2009)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–3 hits (2010)
ELLIE LIGHT–0 hits

CAPITAL TIMES (MADISON, WI)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–131 hits
ELLIE LIGHT–0 hits

AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN (AUSTIN, TX)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–3 hits (2009)
JAMES O’KEEFE–6 hits this week
ELLIE LIGHT–1 hit (a commenter’s screen name, not an article)

DALLAS MORNING NEWS (DALLAS, TX)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–6 hits (3 hits in 2009, 3 hits in 2010)
ELLIE LIGHT–0 hits

HOUSTON CHRONICLE (HOUSTON, TX)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–3 hits (2009)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–3 hits (2010)
ELLIE LIGHT–0 hits

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES (ST. PETERSBURG, FL)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–8 hits (2 hits for 2010)
ELLIE LIGHT–0 hits

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH (ST. LOUIS, MO)
JAMES O’KEEFE + ACORN–8 hits (2010; can’t check 2009?)
ELLIE LIGHT–3 hits (all in online comments, not in a published article)

SUMMARY: ELLIE LIGHT
Newspapers throughout the country regarded this as a non-story. This is interesting because the subject involves astroturfing newspapers. Plenty of people have been talking about “Ellie Light”–check the Google statistics–but it just hasn’t made the newspapers. At what astroturfing level does it become a story? 10 newspapers? 20 newspapers? 30 newspapers? 40 newspapers? 50 newspapers? 60 newspapers? 70 newspapers? Still no dice. If Karl Rove’s talking points had astroturfed three newspapers, don’t you think that every newspaper in the country would cover that? Can anyone say “double standard”? Can you say “liberal bias”?

SUMMARY: JAMES O’KEEFE
This was a big story and every newspaper covered it. Most newspapers devoted at least two or three stories to his 2010 arrest. The Washington Post, with a mere 6 hits in 2009 and 27 hits in the past 60 days, clearly finds James O’Keefe’s arrest more interesting than his original reporting on ACORN. My local Austin American-Statesman recorded a mere three hits in 2009, with only just one being a complete news story. (One was a weekly quotation and one was a humor columnist’s take.) For O’Keefe’s 2010 arrest, 6 articles are on the Statesman website.