Clinton Controversy Heavily Covered but Obama Maintains Visibility Edge
While her Bosnia flap made Clinton the newsmaker of the week, she continues to lag behind Obama in terms of public visibility. Both candidates, despite recent negative news, have seen little change in their favorability.
Clinton’s Turn in Bad News is Big News
In recent campaign media narratives, bad news is big news. Hillary Clinton’s oft-repeated story about encountering sniper fire in Bosnia made her last week’s top newsmaker.
Talk Show Hosts Agree Obama Speech Was Boffo Theater but Some See the Script as Unconvincing
The usually fractious fraternity of talking heads agreed on one thing — Obama’s ability to put words together. They were less unanimous about the content.
Obama Speech on Race Arguably Biggest Event of Campaign
Fully 85% of Americans say they heard about Obama’s speech, and 70% have heard more about him in the last week than any other candidate. The impact of events on Obama’s image appears to be mixed.
Racial Tensions Roil Democrats’ Media Narrative
Maybe the good news for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama last week was that the problems of another Democrat — Eliot Spitzer — generated almost as much media attention as they did.
Rumors and Red Phones Capture The Public’s Political Attention
Americans are paying close attention to all aspects of the election this year, but the most widely recognized item involves rumors that Obama is a Muslim.
Clinton Gets Media to Turn Back the Clock
In a strong week for Hillary, the narrative turned on questions about Obama’s toughness.
Public Sees Fair Fight
Every week since November, 2007, the most covered news story has been the election, and the public has taken notice. Almost half of Americans (47%) listed it as the single news story they were following more closely than any other, up from 10% last November.
Combative Clinton Gets Media to Cover Itself
by Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director, Project for Excellence in Journalism If Hillary Clinton last week wanted to work the refs — or argue with the press to generate more skeptical coverage of Barack Obama and maybe change the subject from her own problems — the evidence suggests it worked. One of the more memorable moments […]
NY Times’ McCain Story Draws Public Interest – And Disapproval
By a nearly two-to-one margin those familiar with the Times’ article on the Arizona senator’s ties to a lobbyist think the paper was wrong to publish it.