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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Media Hearts First Lady Michelle Obama

Three Times More Media Mentions Than Laura Bush

By Dell Hill

Soooooo, how is the infamous lame-stream media treating Mrs. Obama?

(Just imagine, someone actually gets paid to keep track of this stuff!)

Pretty well, according to the Washington Times political blog.

“A media research firm says Michelle Obama has gotten nearly 30,000 mentions in the press since her husband was elected president, more than tripling the attention paid her predecessor, Laura Bush, during the equivalent time.

HighBeam Research scoured the 6,500 publications it tracks to see how often each was mentioned from the time her husband was elected until Oct. 20 of the third year he was in office — 2003 in the case of Mrs. Bush, and 2011 for Mrs. Obama.

The current first lady steamrolled, garnering 29,634 mentions, compared to 8,707 for Mrs. Bush in the nearly three-year periods under review.”

Actually, those numbers come as no great surprise.  Mrs. Obama is in to “many things” and has earned her headlines by concentrating on healthy eating and obesity among the nation’s youngsters.  Mrs. Bush was a Texas librarian and worked to improve youngster’s literacy.  And, to the lame-stream media, we certainly know which of those things is more important.

High Beam Research?  Alllllll Righty, then!

Keep it classy, gang.


  1. Dell,

    In response to your post about HighBeam Research and its mention in the Washington Times piece about the number of media mentions of Michelle Obama (in comparison to Laura Bush), I'd like to offer you a free three month trial of HighBeam Research so you can have at your fingertips more than six thousand publications from which you can peruse and use for any future reference in a blog post.

    Please contact me if you are at all interested.

    Byron Gordon
    (on behalf of HighBeam Research)

  2. Mr. Gordon, perhaps it's irony, but I find it an incredible irony to have a research company with a name that suggests either high beam headlights on an automobile or the condition of a persons nipples under stimulation, doing research on two First Ladies of the United States.

    Would you care to tell my readers the background that resulted in a companies name, which could easily be seen as derogatory and sexist?

    I will tell you that I came very close to refusing to publish this piece simply based on the name of your company. Perhaps your explanation will justify my decision.