If Martha Coakley`s defeat in Massachusetts was a political earthquake, most journalists were slow to hear the tremors...
But increasingly disaffected voters failed to follow the script. The Times didn`t run a piece saying that Coakley`s candidacy was in trouble until Jan. 8; The Post didn`t do so until Jan. 11; the Los Angeles Times until Jan. 14.
The network newscasts were a step farther behind. ABC`s "World News" reported Jan. 15 that Coakley was in a tight contest. The "CBS Evening News" and "NBC Nightly News" aired reports on Sunday, Jan. 17 — the day that President Obama campaigned for Coakley, and two days before the election.
Our Joe Guzzardi wrote on Scott Brown January 8.
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