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Katie Blitz

In the first moments of NBC’s “Today” this morning, Katie Couric described the arrival of Bush’s “massive ad blitz” as if it were a bombing raid or a passing hurricane. But “massive” compared to what?

Bush will be buying 30 seconds here, and 30 seconds there, trying to rebut MONTHS of on-air Democratic debates, ads, and most importantly, news stories that have puffed up Democrats and pounded the drums of anxiety about the economy and Iraq.

If this ad blitz is “massive,” what do you call the daily drumbeat of the news media, who dominate between the commercials? Campaign watchers ought to assign more political power and air time to the massive Katie blitz than the “massive ad blitz.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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