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Chart shows the breakdown of election coverage by topic in the two days following the first Presidential debate. Time frame is October 4-5.

Follow Up Coverage of First Debate Focused on Theatrics

In the two days of coverage following the first debate between Obama and Romney, media coverage was focused on the debate in terms of the theatrics of the candidates instead…

Chart shows percentage of statements about different issues in election coverage. Only top 5 topics shown. Time frame is August 18 – September 14.

Major Issue Shifts from Pre and Post Convention Coverage

The major topics of election coverage shifted in quantity of coverage from before, during, and after the conventions. Entitlements were of high focus going into the RNC, while Foreign Policy…

Chart shows percentage of statements from Obama and his staff during the DNC broken out by topic and sentiment. Time frame is September 3-8.

DNC Coverage Recap

Speeches by Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton were amplified and covered the most following Barack’s. Topic and sentiment behavior shows that the Obama campaign went positive on the Economy and…

Chart shows percentage of coverage in NPR’s Morning Edition broken down by topic and sentiment. Time frame is June 1 – August 24.

Summer Spotlight: NPR Morning Edition

While the 4th Estate Project works on processing the coverage from the RNC and DNC, we are releasing short posts about the summer election coverage of specific media. Similar to…

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 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 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 percent of quotes in election coverage about Immigration (brown), Social Issues (red), Economy (green), and Healthcare (blue). Time frame is April 17 – July 12.

Coverage Spike of Healthcare Ruling Was Brief

The healthcare ruling on June 28th caused a huge spike in coverage on healthcare in election coverage. It was the highest spike of any policy issue since general election coverage…

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 about the economy among all statements in election coverage (green) and percentage of statements from Mitt Romney that are negative to Barack Obama (red). Time frame is April 1 – July 10.

Romney Core Strategy: So Where’s That Monthly Job Report?

Our data shows a clear correlation between the releases of national employment data each month, and the discussion of the economy in election coverage. Our data also shows that focused…

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