Fact TankSeptember 19, 2013

How the Lehman Bros. crisis impacted the 2008 presidential race

How the economic disaster that occurred just weeks before Election Day changed the media’s campaign coverage, and perhaps the outcome, of the presidential race.

Fact TankJuly 10, 2013

Sanford, Weiner and Spitzer: Trying to overcome the headlines from their scandals

Three politicians who were forced from office by scandal are currently attempting comebacks. They are trying to overcome misdeeds that put them in the top five political scandals of recent years as measured by the amount of news coverage.

Media & NewsMarch 17, 2013

Video: The Media and Campaign 2012

One of the key findings in the new State of the News Media report is that at a time of diminishing reporting resources, many newsmakers, in political, public and corporate life, are finding new ways to get their messages to the public—often with little or no journalistic vetting.

Pew Research CenterDecember 14, 2012

The Media, Religion and the 2012 Campaign for President

A striking feature of the 2012 race for the White House – a contest that pitted the first Mormon nominee from a major party against an incumbent president whose faith had been a source of controversy four years earlier – is how little the subject of religion came up in the media.

Pew Research CenterNovember 29, 2012

Infographic: The Rise of Digital Politics: Social Media, Mobile Devices and the Campaign

The growth of social media and rapid adoption of internet-enable mobile devices have changed the way Americans engage in the political process. An infographic provides a summary of the latest data from national surveys taken during the 2012 campaign.

Pew Research CenterNovember 19, 2012

Positive Media Coverage of Obama Surged During Last Week of Campaign

Much of the surge in positive coverage was tied to Obama’s strategic position, including improving opinion polls and electoral math, rather than directly to positive assessments of his response to Superstorm Sandy.

Pew Research CenterNovember 15, 2012

Voters Give Low Marks to the 2012 Campaign

Many voters say the 2012 presidential election campaign was more negative than usual and had less discussion of issues than in most previous campaigns. They give mixed grades to the candidates, the consultants, the press and the pollsters.

Pew Research CenterNovember 2, 2012

News Coverage for Both Candidates More Negative

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have received more negative news coverage than positive in the general election, but coverage shifted markedly when the debates began. Obama fared much better in September, while Romney had the edge in October, according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Pew Research CenterOctober 25, 2012

Internet Gains Most as Campaign News Source, But Cable TV Still Leads

Americans are following the presidential campaign more closely on nearly every news platform than they were earlier in the year.

Pew Research CenterOctober 23, 2012

Republicans Increasingly Positive About Presidential Campaign

Republicans express increasingly positive opinions about the presidential campaign and are now about as likely as Democrats to view the campaign as interesting and informative.