Negative Coverage

Word Cloud displays top 100 words using in election coverage of the General Election. Word size signifies frequency in coverage. Common words “think” and “know” are excluded. Time frame is May 1-November 6, 2012.

The Language of Election 2012

This post is the continuation of our media monitoring series examining coverage behavior during Election 2012. Today’s post discusses the statistical data analysis of the language used in coverage of…

Chart shows percentage of statements from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Foreign Policy broken out by sentiment. Time frame is August 20-November 17.

The Foreign Policy Game

Obama and Romney have gone negative on Foreign Policy in the past month of election coverage. From third-party newsmakers, Romney has received significant negativity while Obama has gotten some positive…

Chart shows percentage of statements from the Romney campaign with the mention of the word “medicare”, broken down my topic and sentiment. Time frame is July 23 – August 20.

How the Campaigns Have Framed Medicare

The Obama team has wrapped up the Medicare issue into the larger context of the Healthcare system and the National Budget. On the other hand Romney, Ryan and their team…

Chart shows sentiment of statements in election coverage by the Chicago Tribune. Time frame is May 1 – August 18.

Obama Cannot Count on Hometown Support

Since May, election coverage in the Chicago Tribune has been very negative to Obama. Romney and Ryan piled on the negative coverage last week, but negativity toward Obama has been…

Chart shows statements from Obama’s campaign staff categorized by topic and sentiment. Time frame is June 1 – August 4.

Obama Letting Staff Do Dirty Work

Since June 1, Obama has played a smaller role within his campaign than has Romney. His staff has also been responsible for most of the offense while Obama himself has…

Chart shows percent of negative statements out of total coverage among each of the top ten print outlets in their coverage of the election. Time frame is May 1 – August 2.

Negative Coverage Among Top Print Outlets

The tone of coverage of the presidential election has been more negative than positive. Among the top 10 national print outlets covering the election, about 20% of coverage has been…

Chart shows distribution of statements by newsmaker and sentiment in NPR coverage of the election. Time frame is May 1 – July 15.

NPR Amplifies Romney More Than Obama

Statements from Mitt Romney make up a greater portion of coverage on NPR since May 1st than do statements from Barack Obama. Typically thought of as a liberal outlet, election…

Chart shows number of statements negative and positive to Mitt Romney in articles mentioning “Bain”. Time frame is Oct 6 – July 16.

Real Effect of Bain Attacks May be Overhyped

According to pundits, the recent criticism of Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital by the Obama Campaign is serious cause for concern for the Romney camp. However, Romney actually received more…

Chart shows percent of positive statements toward each candidate out of total coverage in each print outlet. Time frame is April 17 – July 11.

Top Print Outlets Amplify Very Little Positive Coverage

The top national print outlets covering the election have been amplifying very little positive coverage toward Obama and Romney since late April. The topics on which each candidate is receiving…

Chart shows percentage of statements in election coverage that were about the Economy (red) and Healthcare (green). Time frame is June 1 – July 3.

Romney Attack on Healthcare Ruling Gets Amplified

With the Supreme Court’s ruling on the new healthcare law last Thursday, discussion of its influence on the presidential election has overtaken coverage of the economy. In response to the…

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