Newsmakers

Chart shows percentage of statements that are Neutral (grey), Negative to Obama (purple), and Negative to Romney (orange) in election coverage over time. Time frame is June 25 – July 23.

The Art of Neutrality

Media coverage of the election has been filled with heated rhetoric and personal attacks, leading to high ratio of sentimental coverage. The recent rise in statements without sentiment (neutral) and…

Chart shows percentage of statements from Republicans (red) and Democrats (blue) among coverage of major issues in election coverage. Excludes statements from Romney and Obama. Time frame is May 1 – July 17.

Republicans Getting More Coverage than Democrats

Since May 1st, Republican newsmakers have received more coverage on major issues than have Democrats. In major print outlets, the gap is even more severe. Although the gap in coverage…

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 percentage of statements from each candidate about the other candidate. Time frame is April 17 – July 10.

You Talking About Me?

Mitt Romney speaks about Barack Obama more than Obama talks about Romney. When Romney speaks about Obama, he criticizes him on policy issues while Obama focuses more on Romney’s personality…

Chart shows percentage of statements from analysts and commentators in television coverage of the election, broken out by topic and sentiment. Time frame is June 10 – July 8.

Election Coverage on TV Lacks Substance

Political analysts and commentators have been maintaining discussion of the election on television news and talk show programs, but very little talk has to do with actual policy. The majority…

Chart shows the sentiment distribution of statements about healthcare. Time Frame is June 1 – July 3.

Strikingly Different Response Strategies to ACA Supreme Court Ruling

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare last Thursday, the Romney and Obama campaigns had different strategies. While Romney went on the attack with anti-Obama criticism of the…

Chart shows percentage of statements from men and women newsmakers in print coverage of the election. “Other” represents statements from organizations or groups such as think tanks or corporations. Excludes statements from presidential candidates.

Gender Gap Update

Since The 4thEstate Project published the Gender Gap Report on June 1, there has been a slight increase in female VoiceShare in print coverage of the election. In the month…

Chart shows percentage of statements from Mitt Romney in election coverage that have been Negative to Obama (purple) and Positive to Romney. Time frame is January 1 – June 24.

Romney Increases Criticism of Obama

Romney has steadily been increasing his criticism of Barack Obama since the end of the GOP Primary. Meanwhile, Romney’s endorsement of his own policy beliefs and accomplishments has decreased, revealing…

Chart shows percentage of statements in election coverage from Barack Obama and his campaign staff that were Neutral (grey), Negative to Romney (orange), and Positive to Obama (green). Time frame is May 23 – June 19.

Obama’s Costly Gaffe

Obama’s comment that “The private sector is doing fine” was amplified across the media space, causing outcry from Romney and the right. The amplification and subsequent attempt to clarify these…

Chart shows topic and sentiment distribution of statements about Mitt Romney by citizens in media coverage of the election. Time frame is April 13 – June 16.

Obama Leads Likeability Contest Among Citizens

Citizens have expressed much less concern about Obama’s character than they have about Romney’s. While both candidates have received more negative coverage on their character than positive, Romney’s character is…

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