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Chart shows percentage of statements in 4thEstate’s sample of election coverage that came from Print (orange) and Television (green) outlets. Time frame is March 1 – June 30.

Print Liked GOP Primary – TV Likes General Election

While print coverage of the election has steadily dwindled since March, election coverage in television news and political talk shows continues. Political analysts, commentators, journalists and partisans continue to speculate,…

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 in election coverage that are positive to Mitt Romney broken out by topic, excluding statements from Romney and his campaign staff. Time frame is April 17 – June 26.

What Third-Party Validators Like About Each Candidate

The positive topic and sentiment focus of newsmakers outside of campaigns (i.e. third-party validators) is a partial indicator of the effectiveness of a campaign’s messaging strategy. While third-party validators commenting…

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 sentiment of statements in articles on the election toward Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Percentage of neutral statements not shown. Time frame is April 17 – June 23.

New York Times vs. Boston Globe Coverage

The New York Times and Boston Globe both amplify more negative sentiment than positive about the two candidates thus far in their respective coverage of the General Election. The candidate…

Chart shows percentage of statements in print coverage of the election that are about different topics. Time frame is January 2 – June 22.

Policy Issues Pushing Campaign Issues Aside

In major print media, coverage of policy issues has overtaken coverage of the campaign and candidate-centric discussion for the first time this since the beginning of the GOP primary. Starting…

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 percentage of statements about different topics on NPR’s Morning Edition. Time frame is April 13 – June 17.

NPR’s Morning Edition vs. All Things Considered

NPR’s Morning Edition program focused almost a quarter of its coverage on the the Policy issue of the economy. This was a very different coverage pattern than that of All…

Chart shows percentage of statements in election coverage about the Economy (green) and Immigration (blue). Time frame is May 20 – June 17.

Obama Changes Conversation with Executive Order on Immigration

Obama’s Executive Order on immigration caused the discussion to divert away from the economy. Similar to his gay marriage endorsement, Obama’s announcement on immigration successfully pushed coverage of jobs and…

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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