One media analysis expert maintains the recent "Hit the road,
Barack" cover story published by a magazine that typically swings
to the left is not a sign of more similar stories to come.
The Newsweek feature, "Obama's Gotta Go," argues that the president
has broken his 2008 campaign promises. Rich Noyes, research
director at the Media
Research Center (MRC), reports that Harvard professor Niall
Ferguson, author of the article, has spent recent days defending
his claims about Obama's record.
"A couple of weeks ago, [Newsweek] had a cover story
where they called Mitt Romney a wimp and said he was dealing with a
'wimp factor.' That struck a lot of people as an outrageous charge
and something that was a low blow in campaign rhetoric," Noyes
notes. "This may be their way of just trying to even the score up a
little bit. It may be that someone over there actually cares a
little bit about fairness and balance. I doubt it."
Noyes suggests it is more
likely that the cover feature is a marketing scheme to entice
"The rest of the liberal media out there are trying to get the
business of people who like Barack Obama; they fill their magazines
and their TV shows with pro-Obama discussion," the MRC research
director observes. "Well, there's a whole market out there of
people who actually don't think this president's done a good job.
It's about a 50-50 country, according to the polls. What they
really are trying to do at Newsweek is tap into the market
of people who are dissatisfied with this president."
New York Times blogger Paul Krugman has been one
of the fiercest critics of Ferguson's article. "There are multiple
errors and misrepresentations … I guess they don't do fact
checking," he posed about Newsweek.