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1/Regarding the polling coming out now: Nate Silver put these early polling stats together in 2011. He updated the data here: fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-… What moves someone up in the polls the most? Name recognition. Who has the most name recognition right now? Biden and Sanders.
2/The thing with name recognition and media coverage: it's a 'self-perpetuating cycle'. If you have name recognition➡️the media tends to cover you more ➡️which helps with your polling➡️which helps you fundraise➡️ so you can create more ads➡️which gives you more name recognition
3/I've talked a lot about 'Horse-Race', 'Game Framing', & 'Script based' coverage on here and my podcast. That's what the media & statisticians are doing right now. It's 'poll-driven' coverage. They're looking to create conflict, excitement, and competition.
4/Dr. Lawerance said on my podcast that this poll-driven coverage 'isn't the best way to go about it.' According to the survey done by Matt Pearce of the LA Times, folks would like to see more policy coverage (66.8%) over poll-driven 'electability' coverage (9.1%)
5/ I know I'd like to see more policy analysis. For example, everyone was touting @ewarren black maternal health plan, but it took an analysis by @smartstatistic to see Warren's plan was missing something critical: that it doesn't take into account racism
6/ I'm not surprised that we didn't hear a cogent #BlackMaternalHealth policy analysis from legacy media.
WOC in media:
7.95% of U.S. print newsroom
12.6% local TV news staff
6.2% local radio staff
2.78% rank and file journalist (Black women)
2.16% Newsroom leaders (Black women)
7/ My question is if the media's didn't do the analysis, because of lack of representation, bias; why didn't @KamalaHarris' team shout that her policy would "Address Racial Bias In Health Care."?
bustle.com/p/kamala-harri… attn: @adamslily @IanSams
8/They might have and the press didn't pick it up. However, I saw Warren's plan ricochet through the media. YES, I KNOW, black women leaders tend not to be taken as seriously white women, and we all know, men are automatically taken seriously as leaders. hbr.org/2018/03/how-bl…
9/I'm frustrated legacy media didn't do a cogent analysis of these #BMH plans. @SenGillibrand has one too, called the M.O.M.s Act. I'm also displeased that it gave more attention to Warren's without analyzing Kamala's or discussing it w/ experts on which is BETTER for black women Harris' bill would compel the National Academy of Medicine to make recommendations for how medical schools can test for implicit bias in the clinical skills exams taken by prospective students, according to the press release. The bill also creates two grant programs: one to fund health professional training programs that incorporate bias training, and one for helping states implement pregnancy medical home programs,
10/ So what can we do? We can recognize that legacy media, as a whole, aren't really interested in going beyond poll-driven primary coverage. I don't see that changing unless we're challenging them to change. IMO, we need more reports like @mattdpearce who is asking what we want.
11/If you want your candidate to move up in the polls & the press has a lackluster feeling for them (for now, that could change) you're going to have to help them in a grassroots way: taking them up IRL not just on social media. 31% of US adults don't use social media. from PEW Research 69% of US adults use Social Media
12/ Of the 69% of adults that use social media only 31% of those folks use Twitter. So it's better to go offline and talk up your candidate. You can also ask your candidate's campaign team (through their website) how you can help get the word out. Remember it's early, relax💗.
You can listen to me talk about all of this on my podcast #OBSCENE



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