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Deutchman Quoted on Media Coverage of Presidential Election Campaign

“It's a lot of 'he said, she said'” and it's typical of the superficial coverage of campaigns today,” said Iva Deutchman, professor of political science, of the media coverage of the presidential election campaign in the recent IAmerican Spirit article “Turning Off Voters.” “It's easier than doing an in-depth analysis. It's an example of journalist as tape recorder, where reporters merely repeat information rather than first verifying its relevancy and accuracy before passing it along.”

Deutchman discussed in the article how media resorts to caricature, and gave the example of Michael Moore's controversial Fahrenheit 9/11, particularly the scenes showing life under Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein that make the country seem idyllic. “The movie conveys the message that a moron named Bush wrecked everything, destroyed a paradise,” she says, noting that the truth is more complex.

She said the electorate is already divided and that endless caricature and soundbites simply turn off voters. “They don't get much out of it,” she says. They lose interest in the issues — and possibly lose interest in voting.