The Post-Gazette attempts to summarize the Senate race.
The number of paragraphs that mention…
- Specter: 34
- Hoeffel: 29
- Clymer: 7
- Summers: 2
- Toomey: 2
There is a lot of attention paid to Specter’s liberal-moderate past, very little on his Senate record, and absolutely nothing about the past six years.
Based on the article, you’d think that Jim Clymer didn’t want to be in the debate and was only there because Joe Hoeffel pressured him into it. What was the Specter campaign’s opinion? Why not write that they fought it? Or did they encourage it too? If so, why not mention it?
Most importantly, the article focuses on biographical differences and completely ignores any policy differences. It actually serves to confuse the issues, because it emphasizes Specter’s humble beginnings and Hoeffel’s prep school education, giving the wrong impression about what kind of policies the candidates actually support.
If you’ve got a moment, write to the P-G and let them know we are running out of time to see some more substantive campaign coverage.