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Media Mistakes Mount in Presidential Campaign

St. Bonaventure University
Lee Coppola

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The media will be out in force Tuesday covering the Indiana and North Carolina presidential primaries. But just how well are they doing in what's turned out to be a marathon primary season.

The "American Journalism Review" makes the case in its latest issue that the media has been wrong more than its been right. Let's recap. John McCain was washed up last summer. Rudy Giuliani was the Republican frontrunner. Super Tuesday on February 5th would determine the candidates of both parties. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign was over after losing in Iowa. All of these stories appeared in the media over the course of the past year and all turned out to be wrong.

Lee Coppola is dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University. He joined us on the phone Monday to talk more about this.

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