Not Music Related - Will Fox News Make You Taller?
grady at ibiblio.org
Fri Oct 1 14:02:44 EDT 2004
Heh. We watched it on C-SPAN, which did the split-screen thing nearly
100% of the time.
I'm thinking there was probably a single set of cameras & the feed was
split to anybody who wanted to carry it, but I didn't do any surfing
around, so I dunno for sure. On C-SPAN Bush appeared to have been zoomed
in slightly to make up for the height differential. He also appeared to
be more normally flesh-colored, whereas Kerry was a slightly ghoulish
Are there any firm statistics about apparent head size and victory?
> I flipped through several channels during last night's debate (don't
> have cable so several is PBS, CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX) to compare
> coverage. I ended up mostly watching PBS when Kerry would speak, and
> FOX when Bush would speak. On FOX News, whenever they used the
> split-screen shot they positioned it so that Bush and Kerry were the
> same height. My wife noticed that you could see much more of the
> podium on Bush's half of the screen, and the tops of their heads were
> close to the same position. To an extent other networks seemed to do
> this, which I imagine is a "framing the shot" thing, but the height
> change was not as extreme. FOX also seemed to use the split screen
> much more than other channels (in my very limited and unscientific
> "The taller candidate wins" theory is pretty spotty at best, but does
> Rubert Murdoch think so?
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