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Pew Research CenterJune 10, 2008

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.

Pew Research CenterJune 3, 2008

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.

Pew Research CenterMay 29, 2008

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.

Pew Research CenterMay 28, 2008

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.

Pew Research CenterMay 20, 2008

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.

Pew Research CenterMay 13, 2008

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.

Pew Research CenterMay 8, 2008

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.

Pew Research CenterMay 6, 2008

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.

Pew Research CenterMay 6, 2008

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.

Pew Research CenterApril 29, 2008

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.