Media & News Apr. 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.

Media & News Apr. 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.

U.S. Politics Apr. 3, 2008

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.

Media & News Apr. 1, 2008

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.

Media & News Mar. 28, 2008

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.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

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.

Media & News Mar. 18, 2008

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.

U.S. Politics Mar. 13, 2008

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.

Media & News Mar. 11, 2008

Clinton Gets Media to Turn Back the Clock

In a strong week for Hillary, the narrative turned on questions about Obama’s toughness.

U.S. Politics Mar. 6, 2008

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.