East Coast Bias on Meet the Press?
In 1991 the University of Washington Huskies finished their football season undefeated, running over three nationally ranked teams. But, the Huskies ended up sharing their national title with Miami, who went undefeated in what was widely considered a much lesser conference.
This year, UW and Miami would have faced off in a national title game, but back then it was the opinion of the voters that mattered. Makes sense though, Miami was on television on the same time zone as most of the voters who were considering who was best. The University of Washington was foreign and distant.
And, so rules the East Coast Bias.
Things out there are worth much more than things out here. Which is probably the same reason why the only two Senate races featured on the Meet the Press Debate Series west of the Mississippi are in Minnesota and Missouri.
I could see them at least featuring Burns v. Tester.
Your Personal Note:
I agree. The MAryland, Pennsylvana, and Minnesota senate races are not as close as it is in Montana. Maybe Burns or Tester didn't agree to go on MTP like Corker did in Tennessee.
Posted by: ketu | Oct 30, 2006 6:32:56 PM
To be fair, the show required them to actually travel to DC to do the debate. Montana is a long ways away, and besides it's tough to get the stink off.
Posted by: Kari Chisholm | Nov 2, 2006 2:04:00 AM
I understand your frustrations but I do recall Meet the Press including the Colorado Senate race in their debate series in 2002. I would have enjoyed seeing Conrad Burns and John Tester included in the debate series this cycle.
Posted by: Jason | Nov 7, 2006 6:21:32 AM
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(and yes, we know that sometimes they're very, very wrong. Other times, they're right on.)