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Rob Portman’s Reverses his Position on Gay Marriage

Rob Portman has told the Columbus Dispatch that he has reversed his position on gay marriage. He indicates that the driving force behind the switch in his position was that…

Chart shows discussion of economy over time by Obama, Romney and All Other Newsmakers. Trend lines are based on percentage of discussion on economy out of total discussion from each newsmaker. Time frame is May 1-November 6, 2012.

Beyond the Candidates

Today’s post breaks down the coverage of three different newsmakers: Obama, Romney, and everyone else (All Other Newsmakers) and their coverage on the economy. The chart below displays the percentage…

Chart shows amount of coverage dedicated to the Economy, Taxes, Entitlements and Social Issues by the Wall Street Journal compared with all other print outlets in 4thEstate’s statistical data sample. Time frame is May 1-November 6, 2012.

Election Coverage Wrap-Up: The Wall Street Journal

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

Nate Silver is a data-pundit that successfully predicted the electoral college count for the 2012 Presidential Election.

The Wonks are Coming! The Wonks are Coming!

In actuality, they have fully arrived, and this is not some inept landing on a sand bar. This is a frontal attack on the unarmed-with-data political punditocracy. It is a…

Chart shows sentiment break down in postmortem election coverage of Obama and Romney from third-party newsmakers (those outside of the campaigns). Time frame is November 6-11.

GOP Throws Romney Under the Bus in Postmortem Election Coverage

In postmortem election coverage, from November 6-11, Romney received mostly negative coverage and Obama received mostly positive coverage. Third-party newsmakers (those outside of the campaigns), praised Obama in over half…

Chart shows percentage of statements from citizen newsmakers broken down by topic (only top 10 shown) and sentiment. Time frame is October 30-November 6.

Citizens Were Critical of Obama Character and Economy in Final Week

On November 1, 4thEstate published a post about Citizen newsmakers gaining VoiceShare in print election coverage. They played an increasingly larger role in writing the election narrative as Election Day…

Chart shows break down of sentiment in news content mentioning “sandy”, “storm”, or “hurricane”. Time frame is October 28-November 5.

Sandy Was Obama’s Perfect Election Storm

From October 28-November 5, in news content that mentioned terms associated with Hurricane Sandy, coverage driven by third-party newsmakers (those outside of the campaigns), was very positive for Obama. Almost…

Chart shows sentiment of statements from the Romney campaign (Romney and his staff) over time. Neutral statements are not shown in the chart. Time frame is October 5-November 4.

Campaigns Made Positive Push in Home Stretch

Both campaigns shifted to more positive messaging in the final few days before the election. The Romney campaign used more of their airtime for positive messaging than did the Obama…

Chart shows ratio of positive coverage toward the candidates over time from third-party newsmakers (those outside of the campaigns). Time frame is October 2-November 1.

Obama Won the Last Sentiment Battle Before Election

The ratio of negative election coverage toward the candidates in statements from third-party newsmakers (those outside of the campaigns) shows that neither Romney nor Obama had sustained periods of more…

Chart shows percentage of statements from members of the Romney campaign team broken down by newsmaker and sentiment. Statements from Mitt Romney excluded from data set. Time frame is September 1-October 31.

Fall Bench Strategies

Back in June, 4thEstate published a post on the bench strategies used by the Obama and Romney campaigns. Today, we are looking at the behavior of the Romney and Obama…

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