Pew Research CenterJune 5, 2008

Many Say Coverage is Biased in Favor of Obama

More of the public heard about controversies related to Obama than other campaign events. Even so, far more Americans believe press coverage has favored him than think it has favored Clinton.

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 22, 2008

Cable’s Constant Campaign Coverage Out of Sync With Public News Interest

While much of the public focused on international events, cable news focused on the campaign almost to the exclusion of other top news stories. Also, though well covered, awareness of John Edwards’ endorsement of Obama was relatively low.

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 1, 2008

Democratic Campaign Taking a Toll on Both Obama and Clinton

In four separate surveys conducted since March 20, when asked about each of the Democratic candidates, between 25%-31% of the public has said their opinions have recently become less favorable.

Pew Research CenterApril 22, 2008

Debatable Campaign Coverage

Last week, a major part of the media narrative about the 2008 campaign involved the media themselves — specifically ABC’s moderators for the April 16 debate in Philadelphia.

Pew Research CenterApril 17, 2008

Less News is Good News for McCain

While McCain has been consistently less visible to the public, far more Americans say the news they have been hearing about him is generally positive than say the same about coverage of Obama or Clinton.

Pew Research CenterApril 15, 2008

McCain Doesn’t Get Most Exposure, But Can’t Be “Bitter” About Media

Renewed attention to Iraq benefited the GOP candidate, while Democrats seemed caught up in a game of gaffe ping-pong, with the media eagerly keeping score.

Pew Research CenterApril 8, 2008

Clinton Punches, Obama Bowls, McCain Reminisces

Obama attracted the most coverage, McCain’s bio tour earned him headlines, but Clinton generated the clearest story line with her “Rocky” reference.