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Chart shows percentage of statements from Joe Biden in election coverage, out of total statements from the Obama campaign. Time frame is May 1 – August 24.

Overview of Joe Biden’s Role in the 2012 Campaign

Recent comments by Joe Biden have raised questions from analysts about whether he will stay on the Democratic ticket with Obama. Since May, discussion of Biden has been accompanied with…

Chart shows percentage of articles about the presidential election written by male and female journalists during the GOP Primary and General Election.

Men are Telling the Stories of Election 2012

Male journalists have been the primary ‘storytellers’ of this year’s election news since January. During the GOP Primaries and General Election, men have had their stories published in the traditional…

Chart shows percentage of statements from newsmakers outside of the campaigns that are about Romney (red) and about Obama (blue). Time frame is May 1-August 22.

Ryan Creates Biggest Buzz for Romney Campaign All Summer

Ryan’s entrance into the presidential race created a huge spike in discussion of the Romney campaign. It was the biggest spike in discussion about Romney from third-party newsmakers all summer,…

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 percentage of positive statements about Mitt Romney distributed by newsmaker. Time frame is August 11-17.

Ryan is Driving Positive Coverage for Romney

In his first week as Mitt Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan has helped contribute positive coverage toward the Romney campaign. Last week, positive coverage toward Romney almost eclipsed his negative…

Chart shows percentage of statements in election coverage that came from Citizen newsmakers. Time frame is May 1 – August 17.

Before Ryan Selection, Citizens Were Gaining VoiceShare

Up until Ryan was picked to be Mitt Romney’s running mate, Citizen VoiceShare was increasing steadily for the first time since mid-June. As was the case during the GOP primaries,…

Chart shows percentage of statements about Candidate Character (orange) and Entitlements (purple) out of total election coverage over time. Time frame is July 20 - August 17.

The Ryan Conversation: Entitlements and His Biography

Discussion of Medicare and Ryan’s background caused coverage of Entitlements and Candidate Character to skyrocket. In the first week following Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan for his running mate,…

Chart shows percent of content in which “Paul Ryan” was mentioned, distributed by television media outlet. Time frame is April 15-August 11.

Ryan’s TV Coverage: Pre-VP Selection

Prior to Romney picking Paul Ryan to be his GOP VP running mate over the weekend, Ryan had not been covered very much in election coverage on television broadcast. Statements…

Chart shows percentage of statements among the top 5 most-covered Romney VP candidates, broken down by sentiment. Time frame is June 1-August 10.

Ryan was Attack Dog Candidate with Biggest Teeth

Leading up to Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan for GOP Vice Presidential nominee, Paul Ryan was the most effective campaign surrogate among Romney’s VP long list. In the past three…

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