Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Clinton Question Drives Coverage
While Obama’s primary win gave him the edge in quantity of coverage, Clinton was the driving force in a media narrative that focused largely on what she would do next.
Media Pivot to November, Iraq Debate
Campaign coverage was split time last week between the dramatic Democratic primary endgame and the developing general election debate between McCain and Obama on the war in Iraq.
Character and the Primaries of 2008
A new analysis of media coverage during the first ten weeks of the 2008 primary season finds the dominant personal narratives about Obama and Clinton were almost identical in tone, and were both twice as positive as negative. The coverage of McCain’s character was less positive than that of either Democratic candidate.
Mac’s Back in Media Spotlight
After largely being treated as a bystander to the Democrats’ contest, the GOP nominee emerged as a featured player in campaign coverage. But that exposure is not always wanted or positive attention.
Edwards Rewrites the Election Story Line
In embracing Obama less than 24 hours after Clinton’s big win in West Virginia, Edwards diverted media attention away from discussion of renewed Clinton momentum and helped refocused the narrative on Obama’s apparent inevitability.
Media Know Who It’s “Gonna Be”
In a campaign with more twists than a Twilight Zone episode, the media all but officially pronounced Obama the Democratic nominee last week.
The Daily Show: Journalism, Satire or Just Laughs?
An examination of whether America’s 4th-ranked journalist, Jon Stewart, is really the host of a news program.
The Wright Stuff: Obama’s Pastor Corrals Campaign Coverage
Last week, as Obama’s controversial minister re-emerged into full public view, the controversy he generated made more news than either Hillary Clinton or John McCain.
Pope’s Visit Draws Heavy Media Coverage
The relationship between the relatively new pope and the hurting U.S. church was the primary story line in news reports of the pontiff’s visit.
Democrats Division Unites Media
The week of the Pennsylvania primary ended with the prospect of a longer, tougher contest and with the volatile issue of race again occupying a prominent place in the media narrative.