Media & News Sep. 22, 2008

How the Media Has Handled Palin’s Faith

Coverage of her religious background and beliefs has often been a peripheral element in the story.

Media & News Sep. 16, 2008

Palin Comparison: Half of Campaign Storylines Revolve around GOP VP

For the second week in a row, the GOP vice presidential hopeful got more coverage than the man atop the ticket, John McCain. Yet this measure does not fully convey the Palin-centric nature of the news coverage.

Media & News Sep. 9, 2008

Northern Exposure: Palin Dominates Campaign Coverage

For the first time since the general election campaign began, John McCain generated more coverage than Barack Obama. But he was still outshone by another newsmaker — his own running mate.

Media & News Sep. 3, 2008

Denver and Palin Fuel Biggest Campaign Week Yet

Campaign coverage filled 69% of the overall newshole last week, by far the most media attention the 2008 election has received since PEJ began tracking it in January 2007. The Democratic convention dominated news early, but McCain’s unexpected VP pick abruptly changed the subject. In just two days of tracking, Sarah Palin became the third biggest campaign story of the week.

Media & News Aug. 28, 2008

Convention Buzz: A Split Decision

An examination of political websites shows the Clinton team and the Obama team sharing equal billing in online chatter about the Democratic National Convention.

Media & News Aug. 26, 2008

It’s All Veepstakes All the Time

In a week that culminated with Senator Joe Biden’s selection as Barack Obama’s running mate, the veepstakes dominated the campaign narrative, shunting other storylines — particularly policy differences — to the sidelines.

Media & News Aug. 19, 2008

War in Georgia is Bigger News than the Campaign

Last week marked the first time in nine months that the most covered news story was not the presidential campaign. The Russian-Georgian war led the news and also generated positive coverage for McCain and his aggressive approach to the crisis.

Media & News Aug. 12, 2008

Comeback Kids: Clintons Return to Campaign Coverage

Last week’s major story lines turned more to discord among Democrats, energy policy and the search for vice presidents.

Media & News Aug. 5, 2008

Spears and Hilton Raise McCain Coverage Even With Obama

A spasm of introspection by the media, amid a wave of accusations that they were being unfair to the GOP standard bearer combined with a controversial ad to generate equal coverage of the two candidates.

Media & News Jul. 29, 2008

Obama’s Trip Consumes Coverage

While many media outlets credited Obama with a stylistically successful and largely gaffe-less trip, some questioned whether it actually benefited the candidate.