Election 2008

With communications policy playing a role in presidential politics, below please find a running list of stories we've summarized in our headlines service. If you are aware of coverage we've not included below, please contact us at headlines AT (@) benton DOT (.) org

In 2009, media drooled over Obama. To Trump they bare their teeth.

Location:
CNN, 1 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States
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3

The contrasting accounts of the inauguration of President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump not only uncover the bias of the mainstream media, they also completely legitimize the Trump administration’s effort to expose the double standard.

Vise tightens on FCC chairman in fight over Internet rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is under pressure from President Barack Obama to issue the strongest possible network neutrality rules despite the vehement objections of industry groups and Republicans on Capitol Hill. But “going big” with the rules would be hugely controversial, likely drawing accusations that Chairman Wheeler is playing politics with the work of an independent agency.

MoveOn pressures FCC to drop Web ‘fast lanes’

Location:
MoveOn, Washington, DC, United States
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2

Liberal group MoveOn.org is running a TV advertisement in Washington opposing a move to allow companies to create different Internet speeds for various websites.

New campaign calls out President Obama for network neutrality campaign pledge

Location:
Progressive Change Campaign Committee , Washington, DC, 20056, United States
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1

As the Federal Communications Commission considers allowing Internet “fast lanes,” the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is looking to hold President Barack Obama accountable to the commitment he made to an online “level playing field” during his 2008 campaign.

Campaign Interest Comparable to Most Previous Elections, Well Below 2008

Location:
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 1615 L Street, NW Suite, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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2

The presidential campaign again proved to be the top story for the public and the media last week. Overall public interest is comparable to most previous primary election cycles, but well below the high mark set four years ago.

Waiting for the 'Twitter Election?' Keep Waiting

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Barack Obama's much-hyped "youth quake," the young social-media army often credited with carrying him into the White House, the 2008 election was won by galvanizing an older population of Democrats and independents, many of whom had never used social media.

In ‘Doonesbury,’ Palin biography ‘The Rogue’ gets a comic-strip tease

Location:
Wasilla, AK, United States
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1

Sarah Palin biographer Joe McGinniss may never have seen this coming. In this surreal world, a stranger — faux Fox News reporter Roland Hedley from the comic strip “Doonesbury” — moves in next to McGinniss.

Top Fox News Executive Admits Lying On-Air About Candidate Obama

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
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3

In newly uncovered audio, a Fox News executive boasts that he lied repeatedly during the closing days of the 2008 presidential campaign when he speculated on-air "about whether Barack Obama really advocated socialism."

Fox News Editor Pushed Emphasis On Obama 'Socialism' Ahead Of 2008 Election

Location:
FOX News Channel, New York, NY, United States
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1

In late 2008, one of Fox News' top editors escalated his efforts to have the network portray then-Senator Barack Obama as a socialist and an anti-white racist during the waning days of the presidential election.

The FCC Needs to Do the Hard Thing Because it's What's Right

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3

Network neutrality is actually a very old idea. The idea is that when you're making point-to-point basic transportation (of information or people) available to the public, you're not supposed to discriminate against uses of your network.

"Yes We Can": A Viral Video Phenomenon

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2

This article provides an initial assessment of the complex relationships that drive viral political videos by examining the interplay between audience size, blog discussion, campaign statements, and mainstream media coverage of the most popular online political video of the 2008 campaign -- will.i.am's "Yes We Can" music video.

Comcast Can Censor This Blog Post ... With FCC's Permission?

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2

A Washington Post article this morning says the Federal Communications Commission may be "leaning toward" siding with the largest phone and cable companies and against an open and universal Internet...

Tennessee Man Convicted of Illegally Accessing Sarah Palin's E-mail Account and Obstruction of Justice

Location:
Knoxville, TN, United States
Recommendation:
2

David C. Kernell, 22, was convicted by a federal jury in Knoxville (TN) for intentionally accessing without authorization the e-mail account of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and obstruction of justice.

YouTube Used in UK Vote as Parties Follow Obama

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Gordon Brown and David Cameron's campaigns are taking a leaf out of Barack Obama's book.

McCain: Obama did 'excellent job' of leveraging technology on campaign trail

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1

President Barack Obama's savvy use of technology during the 2008 campaign helped pave the way to the White House, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) acknowledged.

'The View' gets political -- viewers love it

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2

After the vivid partisan wrangling on "The View" during the 2008 presidential race became water-cooler fodder, producers realized they had hit a rich vein.

Political Google

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1

Sen John McCain (R-AZ) has been named the "fastest falling" Google search this year.

Gross Failure of the Media

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4

A new poll by Public Policy Polling shows that 52% of Republicans believe that Obama did not really win the 2008 election.

MSNBC Presses Obama on Campaign Promises

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3

While much attention has been paid to the feud between the Fox News Channel and the White House, the Obama administration is now facing criticism of a different sort from Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann and other progressive hosts on MSNBC.

A serious challenge to campaign laws

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3

Advocates of meaningful campaign finance laws are waiting with great trepidation for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in a case that challenges a 60-year-old ban on corporate contributions to candidates for federal office.

How Democrats Won The Data War In 2008

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3

A look at progressive voter contact methods shows how data-mining and targeting operations played a role in the election of Barack Obama.

The Rights of Corporations

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The question at the heart of one of the biggest Supreme Court cases this year is simple: What constitutional rights should corporations have?

Supreme Court questions company campaign spending limits

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3

Corporate spending limits in US political campaigns may be too broad and silence free-speech rights of small businesses, Supreme Court conservatives said on Wednesday. But the court's four liberals, including new Justice Sonia Sotomayor, said more harm than good could be done by overturning precedents upholding the restrictions on corporations and labor unions.

Supreme Court to Revisit 'Hillary' Documentary

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3

The Supreme Court will cut short its summer break in early September to hear a new argument in a momentous case that could transform the way political campaigns are conducted.

One Year Ago: The Media Helped Elect Obama -- By Inspiring McCain to Pick Palin

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1

It was exactly one year ago this week that there was a true turning point in the 2008 race for the White House.

In 'Hillary: The Movie' case, Supreme Court considers major shift in election law

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4

A century-old ban on corporate money in political campaigns stands in danger of being overturned by the Supreme Court's conservative majority, on the basis of an equally venerable principle: free speech in politics.

Media Miss Infrastructure Transformation in Politics

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2

The Internet helped Democrats make a comeback in 2008. Are we missing the GOP's response?

Report on Ayers Sped Up McCain Attack on Obama

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1

On Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, the New York Times published a front-page article about Barack Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers.

RNC chair: Media didn't vet Obama because of race

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2

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Friday that President Obama has not been vetted thanks to a complicit media that wanted to see a black man become president.

Obama Masters Three-Screen Presidency

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2

One hundred days is scarcely enough time to draw any firm conclusions about a new president's capabilities. Even so, Barack Obama has garnered considerable respect for his media skills. Pundits have dubbed him the "new media president;" while some of the most cynical among them believe his underlying strategy is to end-run traditional Washington gatekeepers by communicating more directly with constituents sympathetic to his agenda.

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