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.

Media & News Sep. 3, 2008

Denver and Palin Fuel Biggest Campaign Week Yet

Campaign coverage filled 69% of the overall newshole last week, by far the most media attention the 2008 election has received since PEJ began tracking it in January 2007. The Democratic convention dominated news early, but McCain’s unexpected VP pick abruptly changed the subject. In just two days of tracking, Sarah Palin became the third biggest campaign story of the week.

Media & News Aug. 26, 2008

It’s All Veepstakes All the Time

In a week that culminated with Senator Joe Biden’s selection as Barack Obama’s running mate, the veepstakes dominated the campaign narrative, shunting other storylines — particularly policy differences — to the sidelines.

Media & News Aug. 12, 2008

Comeback Kids: Clintons Return to Campaign Coverage

Last week’s major story lines turned more to discord among Democrats, energy policy and the search for vice presidents.

U.S. Politics Jul. 10, 2008

Likely Rise In Voter Turnout Bodes Well For Democrats

Even with a partisan enthusiasm gap, voter interest is already as high as in November of recent elections, two trends that may significantly alter the composition of the eventual electorate in the Democrats’ favor. The proportion of swing voters is also up compared with four years ago. Nearly half of independents (47%) are undecided or may change their minds, up from 28% in June 2004.

U.S. Politics Jul. 9, 2008

McCain’s Interest Gap

While Obama and McCain received similar levels of media coverage, Obama remained by far the most visible candidate. Only 11% of Americans cited McCain as the candidate they had heard the most about, while more than seven-in-ten (71%) named Obama.