Topic : character

Chart shows statements from Obama’s campaign staff categorized by topic and sentiment. Time frame is June 1 – August 4.

Obama Letting Staff Do Dirty Work

Since June 1, Obama has played a smaller role within his campaign than has Romney. His staff has also been responsible for most of the offense while Obama himself has…

Chart shows percentage of statements about Romney and Obama from newsmakers outside of the campaigns. Time frame is April 17 – July 26.

Romney Discussed More Than Obama in Election Coverage

Newsmakers from outside the Obama and Romney campaigns have discussed Mitt Romney more than Barack Obama in coverage of the general election. When discussing Romney, his campaign strategy and character…

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 about Candidate Character in election coverage. Time frame is May 1 – July 22.

Bain Issue Drives Return of Horse-Race Journalism

There has been a recent sharp increase in the coverage of Candidate Character. While Romney has received more coverage on the issue, he has received the most criticism on the…

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 top 10 topics with sentiment distribution that citizen newsmakers have toward Mitt Romney. Time Frame is April 11 – May 21.

Romney’s Character a Problem for Citizens

4thEstate published a post on April 1 that highlighted how the media was amplifying that citizens favored Santorum’s personality over Romney’s, over which they were repeatedly quoted as being skeptical…

Chart shows distribution of topics discussed by citizen newsmakers. Time frame is Nov 1 – May 15.

Citizens Look For Candidate Personality

Citizen newsmakers discuss candidate personality (Character) over 33% of the time when quoted. Discussion of poll position and horse race (Position), takes up only 15% or citizen statements. The top…

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…

Santorum Enjoyed Three Spikes in Coverage

Citizens Give Santorum Visibility

We have spent the last few days comparing 4thEstate results to the results of the Pew Research Center Project for Excellence in Journalism’s (PEJ) study on “How the Media Covered…

Chart shows topic distribution of media coverage of Romney from January 2-April 15

Romney’s Character Focus of GOP Race

According to the Pew Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) study on “How the Media Covered the 2012 Primary Campaign”, only 12% of Romney’s coverage was focused on his…

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