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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 distribution of election coverage by The San Francisco Chronicle by topic. Time frame is May 1-November 6, 2012.

Election Coverage Wrap Up: San Francisco Chronicle

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…

Chart shows percentage of statements from Lobbyist/Advocacy Groups, Non-Profits/NGO’s and Think Tanks distributed by topic and sentiment. Time frame is April 17 – August 1.

Voice of The Institution

Agenda-driven newsmakers that represent Lobbyist/Advocacy Groups, Non-Profits/NGO’s and Think Tanks have most of their coverage about social issues. Out of these three types of newsmakers, those representing Lobbyist/Advocacy Groups have…

Chart shows percentage of statements about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in the San Francisco Chronicle and Boston Globe. “Other” represents statements about neither candidate. Time frame is May 1 – May 29.

Marked Contrast in SF Chronicle vs. Boston Globe Coverage

In the month of May, the coverage of the Presidential Election candidates was markedly different between the San Francisco Chronicle and the Boston Globe. In the San Francisco Chronicle, 70%…

Chart shows percentage of statement from Mitt Romney that were Negative to Obama (purple) and Neutral (gray). Time frame is April 21 – May 19.

Romney Sidetracked by Gay Marriage Discussion

Percentage of statements from Mitt Romney that were negative to Barack Obama decreased significantly due to the discourse on gay marriage. From May 4 to May 7, 55% of statements…

Chart shows percentage of statements from Citizen newsmakers about Candidate Character (orange) and Social Issues (red). Time frame is January 2 – May 15.

Gay Marriage Riles Citizen Newsmakers

For the duration of the GOP Primary, citizen newsmakers discussed candidate Character (orange) more than any other message on a consistent basis. It has been a constant theme that the…

Chart shows top 10 topics with sentiment distribution that citizen newsmakers have toward Barack Obama. Time Frame is April 11 – May 15.

Obama Won Citizen Backing With Gay Marriage Endorsment

Since Santorum dropped out of the race on April 10, statements from citizen newsmakers about Obama have concerned his personality and background (Character) more than other issues. 23% of statements…

Chart shows distribution of topic and sentiment of statements by the Obama campaign. Includes statements from Barack Obama. Time frame is April 13-May 11.

Obama Campaign Stokes Fire on Social Issues

In our last post, “The Effect of Obama’s Gay Marriage Endorsement”, we discussed how Biden and Obama’s announcements on gay marriage brought Social Issues discussion back into focus, causing a…

Chart shows percentage of statements about Social Issues and the Economy. Time frame is April 12-May 10.

The Effect of Obama’s Gay Marriage Endorsement

Obama’s announcement that he supported same-sex marriage caused an enormous spike in discussion of Social Issues (red). In the past two weeks, discussion of social issues in election coverage has…

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