Media & News Oct. 21, 2008

Polls and Plumbers Drive Narrative

Campaign coverage increasingly focused on tactics — including McCain’s invocation of an Ohio plumber to represent the working man – as well as fights in battleground states and the parade of polls.

Media & News Oct. 15, 2008

Campaign Tactics and Tone Trump Economy in Media Narratives

For the first time in a month, the election generated more coverage than the financial crisis and almost one-third of that coverage was connected to the increasingly harsh tone of the campaign.

Media & News Oct. 10, 2008

Blaming the Messenger: A Continuum of Press Condemnation

From Jefferson to Palin, politicians of the left and right have blamed the media for public discontent with their policies, politics or personal behavior.

Media & News Oct. 7, 2008

Did Campaign Coverage Move off the Economy? You Betcha!

Though the economic crisis dominated general news coverage, the vice presidential debate drove the campaign narrative as Sarah Palin received the most attention of the four candidates.

Media & News Sep. 30, 2008

Assessing the Debate: A Media/Public Disconnect?

Political pundits, seeing no knockout punch, scored a tie. But viewers awarded the win to Obama.

Media & News Sep. 23, 2008

Financial Fallout Pops Palin Media Bubble, Drives Campaign Coverage

Wall Street’s meltdown raised the possibility that the economy may become the decisive factor in the November election.

Media & News Sep. 22, 2008

How the Media Has Handled Palin’s Faith

Coverage of her religious background and beliefs has often been a peripheral element in the story.

Media & News Sep. 16, 2008

Palin Comparison: Half of Campaign Storylines Revolve around GOP VP

For the second week in a row, the GOP vice presidential hopeful got more coverage than the man atop the ticket, John McCain. Yet this measure does not fully convey the Palin-centric nature of the news coverage.

Media & News Sep. 15, 2008

JohnMcCain.com v. BarackObama.com

With roughly seven weeks left until Election Day, which candidate has the edge online, and how so? A new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism finds both campaigns’ official sites are now quite advanced.

Media & News Sep. 9, 2008

Northern Exposure: Palin Dominates Campaign Coverage

For the first time since the general election campaign began, John McCain generated more coverage than Barack Obama. But he was still outshone by another newsmaker — his own running mate.