Media Bias in the Super Bowl
Two Sundays ago the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl. In a surprising defensive battle, New Orleans stonewalled an otherwise extremely productive Colts offense, 31-17. What struck me the most wasn't the fact that the Saints won, but rather how the pre-game media coverage was conducted.
The few weeks leading up to the Super Bowl all the major television networks told the inspiring ballad of New Orleans. Katrina and the destruction left in its wake. Then like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the comeback. For the first time is years the Super Dome served as a sports venue instead of a home for locals thrown out of their own. With the Saints winning a berth in the Super Bowl, a city was revitalized.
With an average US audience of 106.5 million viewers, this was the most-watched Super Bowl ever as well as the most-watched program of any kind in American television history