While his support continued to hold in the polls, businessman and GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain was the focus of a much tougher narrative in the news media last week, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Rick Perry received the most favorable coverage of any candidate for president during the first five months of the race, but now Herman Cain is enjoying that distinction. Meanwhile Barack Obama has had the roughest treatment, according to a new survey which combines traditional research methods and computer algorithmic technology to code the level and tone of news coverage.
While the focus this year has been on the GOP's race, Democrats express about as much interest in 2012 candidates as do Republicans.
The Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire pushed campaign coverage to its highest level to date.
For the first time this year, the 2012 presidential race emerged as a big story, driven in large part by the week's second leading newsmaker: Donald Trump.
More than half of U.S. adults used the internet for political purposes in the last cycle, far surpassing the 2006 midterm contest. They hold mixed views about the impact of the internet: It enables extremism, while helping the like-minded find each other. It provides diverse sources, but makes it harder to find truthful sources.
More than one-in-five online Americans engaged with the 2010 midterm elections or campaign on Twitter or social networking sites; Republicans -- especially Tea Party supporters -- caught up with Democrats in social media use.
More than a quarter of American adults used their cell phones to learn about or participate in the 2010 midterm election campaign.
The media narrative last week portrayed a weakened president buffeted by events from all sides as the economy reclaimed the No. 1 spot..
The culmination of the 2010 midterm elections proved to be the biggest weekly story in two years, filling 57% of the newshole.