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Media presentations of each candidate's comments on and plans to solve the economic crisis

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For each entry, include the following as the TITLE

1) the title of the news article (in quotation marks);

2) the author of the article if one is listed (Associated Press & Reuters count as authors);

3) where you read the story (eg: New York Times online), in italics;

4) The URL of the story if you read it online; the page number(s) if you read it in print;

5) the date the story was published (and if you read it on line, the time you consulted it).

At the end of the summary, write your name!



“Presidential Candidates Weigh In With Their Views on 401(k)s”

Jerry Geisel

Workforce Management


October 21, 2008

October 22, 2008

With the economic crisis, the Presidential candidates have formulated their own ideas on financial topics that could sway voters one way or the other.  One of these topics is employees’ 401(k) that has taken a hit.  The two candidates, Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain, have different plans to improve an employees’ access to their 401(k).  Senator Obama, the Democratic nominee, plans are different to the current law in regards to withdrawal.  Under his proposal, a participant can withdraw 15 percent of their balance, which is up to $10,000 for any reason.  Senator McCain, the Republican nominee, plans to tax distributions of up to $50,000 10 percent.  This article is able to stay away from particular biasness towards  Senators McCain and Obama. –Tom Murray 



Candidates Face Off Over Economic Plans

Jeff Zeleny and Elisabeth Bumiller

New York Times


October 22, 2008

With only a few weeks until the Presidential election, both of the candidates are attempting to sure up their campaigns by finalizing their plans, one of them dealing with economics.  Senator Obama, the Democratic nominee, met in Florida with Democratic governors to discuss his plan.  Senator Obama plans to create new job opportunities by passing the economic stimulus package.  “The financial crisis that states, businesses and families are facing didn’t just spring up full-blown overnight,” Mr. Obama said, opening a campaign event designed to look like a presidential summit. “This has been a long time coming, and the warning signs have been very clear.”   This article shows a slight biasness towards Senator Obama.  Whie it goes into the economic plans that he wishes to achieve, it rarely talks about the plans in which Senator McCain has. -Tom Murray



“McCain, Obama Slam Economic Plan”

By Kathy Kiely and David Jackson

USA Today


October 23, 2008

While wrapping up their campaigns, both of the Presidential candidates, Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama and Republican nominee Senator John McCain, have been traveling throughout the United States to hold rallies that they use to discuss major topics that will affect the election.  One topic that has been popular as of late is the economy.  While in New Hampshire, Senator McCain criticized Senator Obama’s financial plan by stating "Before the government can redistribute wealth, it has to confiscate wealth.”  However, Obama argued that his plan would ultimately lower taxes 95% as well as increasing health care and dropping college tuition rates.  This article does not show biasness towards either side. –Tom Murray



“Obama, McCain Exchange Jabs on Economic Plans”

Ray Suarez



October 21, 2008

October 23, 2008

In a variety of articles, both Senators Barack Obama and John McCain exchange blows in describing each other’s economic plans.  In “McCain assails Obama's readiness,” in addition to questioning Obama’s readiness to hold office, McCain raises the question on how the Democratic nominee plans to cut income tax by 95% when more than 40% already do not pays taxes.  He goes on to say that in theory Obama plans to raise taxes for some while others are receiving donations from the Federal Government.   Obama responds to McCain in “Obama takes on McCain's charges”.  He relieves that although it might be true that not all pay income tax, everyone pays taxes.  Although the article provides insight to both sides, it portrays Senator McCain as attacking Senator Obama and his plans. –Tom Murray



“McCain and Obama spar on economy”

BBC News


October 27, 2008

While both Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain disagree with President Bush’s current economic plan, each has their own way to fix the economy.  McCain’s plan would create jobs, thus stimulating the economy.  He will attempt to keep spending under control while having Americans receiving a normal pay check.  Obama’s plan differs by the fact that he would cut employment and raise taxes.  The Senator from Illinois plans to focus less on the problems on Wall Street and more on Main Street.  This article is an example of a bias article.  It provides insight by both candidates on their economic policies. –Tom Murray



“Obama and McCain trade shots in Ohio”

Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta

Los Angeles Times


October 27, 2008

With one week before the Presidential election both the candidates attempted to win over the essential state of Ohio, which has experienced a large share of economic woes, by discussing their financial plans.   Senator John McCain, speaking in Cleveland spoke of creating new jobs.  The Senator from Arizona stated that under Senator Obama’s economic plan would risk millions of American’s jobs.  Speaking in Canton, Senator Barack Obama spoke about the economic crisis.  He believed that it began on Wall Street after money was spent with big risks that failed.  He said that they were allowed to do so because Wall Street was backed by President Bush, and McCain represents all of Bush’s policies. This article found in the Los Angeles Times is bias.  It shows both sides’ plans on the economy. –Tom Murray



“McCain Focusing on Economic Plan”



Jack Torry and Mark Niquette



The Columbus Dispatch


October 28, 2008

October 29, 2008

With less than a week left until the Presidential election, Senator John McCain, the Republican President candidate stayed with his game plan and focused on America’s economy.  During his rally held in Cleveland, McCain continued to criticize Senator Barack Obama’s plans for the economy.  In the Democratic nominee’s plans, increasing spending money and redistributing the wealth with high taxes would restart the economy and save the country from the current crisis.  McCain denounces this plan and states how much his plan would be more successful.  Under McCain’s plan, more jobs would be created and not increase taxes on small businesses.  The article goes with my statement that the media only focuses on McCain’s economic policies and criticisms. –Tom Murray


In the articles I had researched and found, the aritcles discussed the plans of the candidates referring to the economy.  They show both sides plans and the critism towards the other's financial plan.  However, most of the attention shown on the topic is from Senator McCain.


I.                               Bias by Commission

a.       In articles two and four, the writings tend to have a slight biasness.  While they share both candidates’ views on the economy, they tend to focus more heavily on Senator McCain’s criticisms towards Senator Obama’s plans to reimburse the economy.

II.                            Bias by Omission

a.       In articles five, six and seven, the articles tend to focus more on Senator McCain’s views on the economy.  The articles have McCain opposing Barack Obama’s plan and does not really focus on Obama attacking McCain’s policy.

III.                         What isn’t Bias

a.       In articles one and three, there is no sign of biasness.  Both articles present both sides of the story.  They are factual and both candidates views are brought up as well as the arguments towards the other’s plan.


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