MEDIA WATCH: Nader's bid prompts widespread dismay

Day-after coverage of Ralph Nader's decision to launch another long-shot presidential bid, announced on NBC's Meet the Press on February 22, showed an already angry Democratic party becoming even angrier. The media noted Nader's platform, an extension of his 40-year crusade against corporate interests and influence, but national and local Democratic leaders and activists responded with dismay and disgust. Op-ed writers weighed in with some kvetching of their own.

Day-after coverage of Ralph Nader's decision to launch another long-shot presidential bid, announced on NBC's Meet the Press on February 22, showed an already angry Democratic party becoming even angrier. The media noted Nader's platform, an extension of his 40-year crusade against corporate interests and influence, but national and local Democratic leaders and activists responded with dismay and disgust. Op-ed writers weighed in with some kvetching of their own.

Most frequent messages: 1. Washington is corporate-occupied territory 2. Nader is on an ego trip/act of personal vanity 3. This will have little or no impact on others' campaigns 4. Nader won't draw the support he did in 2000 5. He is a "spoiler" who could hand re-election to Bush Based on analysis of 50 articles appearing in the top 50 US dailies on February 23, 2004. Evaluation and analysis by Delahaye Medialink

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