Pew: Media Coverage Shifted in Final Week

2012 November 20
by bc3b

Overwhelmingly Positive for Obama … Negative Toward Romney.

I don’t often agree with Bill O’Reilly, but he estimated media coverage would be worth 3-5 percent for Obama. It appears he may have been right.

Media coverage of President Barack Obama was largely positive in the final week of the presidential campaign, while coverage of Mitt Romney was mostly negative, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

From October 29 to November 5, positive stories about Obama in mainstream media outlets outnumbered negative ones by 10 percentage points, with 29 percent positive, and 19 negative. On the other hand, negative stories about the GOP nominee Mitt Romney outweighed positive stories by 17 points, with 33 percent negative compared to 16 positive.

The report, which analyzed 660 stories from 59 media outlets, also notes the positive media coverage of Obama was higher in the final week than it had been in previous weeks. The tone of coverage about Romney stayed roughly the same.

Pew suggests the discrepancy in coverage may have been “tied to Obama’s strategic position,” meaning his improvement in the polls or electoral math as Election Day drew close. New York Times statistician Nate Silver, for example, overwhelmingly predicted an Obama win that week.

The president’s response to Superstorm Sandy, which hit the East Coast just a week before Election Day, and which some pundits believed would help Obama look more “presidential,” didn’t necessarily translate to more positive coverage, according to Pew. But the storm may have diminished the attention the media paid to Romney.

“Romney may have suffered in final days from the press focusing less on him relative to his opponent,” Pew writes. “After receiving roughly identical levels of coverage for most of October, in the last week of campaigning Obama was a significant presence in eight out of 10 campaign stories compared with six in 10 for Romney-one of the biggest disparities in any week after Labor Day.”

Hat tip: U.S. News & World Report


25 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 November 20 10:03 am
    justrand permalink

    oh MORE than “3-5 points” this time…WAY more!

    And not just from the last week…although that certainly halted ANY Romney momentum

    for all it’s fading “glory”, the Lame Stream Media STILL dictates the national conversation…and this year they steered that conversation into a win for Obama

    And they will NEXT time to

    Going forward, the only way to win…is NOT to play! WEC was wrong in 2012…he’s right from now on.

  2. 2012 November 20 11:35 am
    bc3b permalink

    for all it’s fading “glory”, the Lame Stream Media STILL dictates the national conversation…and this year they steered that conversation into a win for Obama

    I couldn’t agree more, JR. And Republicans from strategists like Mike Murphy to supposed conservatives like Gingrich and Jindal are puckering up to kiss the media’s a$$ after the election.

  3. 2012 November 20 11:40 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #1

    Perhaps the only way we can get the GOP to chase after conservatives is if we stop voting for Republicans.

  4. 2012 November 20 12:33 pm
    JBoz permalink

    #3 – Unfortunately, it’s too late for that now. If Obama can win after cratering the economy and committing rampant fraud, then the statist takeover is a fete accompli, and voting for GOP candidates (conservative, RINOs or Tea Partiers) is largely a symbolic act. This thing is going to crash, and the more conservatives there are inside government, the more targets the Marxists and their communications arm (MSM) have to pin the blame on.

  5. 2012 November 20 1:03 pm
    justrand permalink

    what JB0z said! 🙂

  6. 2012 November 20 1:28 pm
    JBoz permalink

    I’ve turned into Boz E. Coyote 🙂

  7. 2012 November 20 2:29 pm
    JustMary permalink

    I’ve been thinking about the email tapping bill all day. I suppose the reason I am the angriest, aside from the obvious, is that I am a completely law abiding citizen. I don’t even speed in my car. My question would be- is that precisely the type of person they would target with this? In a backwards society, good is bad and bad is good. Do they have an easier time trusting the most untrustworthy people in society?

  8. 2012 November 20 4:24 pm
    justrand permalink

    JM, you are indeed the type they would and will target. Why? Because you have been and ARE a law abiding citizen, you have a splendid family, reputation and life. Thus, you have LOTS to lose.

    Criminals, those who squander what they have or had, and who already have a worthless reputation, have less (or nothing) to lose. They are harder to hurt.

    It’s one of the key reasons for the government making so many rules, laws and regulations…sooner or later you are in violation of ONE of ’em. Congress passes 3,000+ page Bills that no one has read…so how do you know you’re not already a scofflaw?? 🙂

  9. 2012 November 20 4:52 pm
    mulletover permalink

    A scofflaw??? Glad I’m not one of those.

    Been a scalawag all my life, and proud of it.

  10. 2012 November 20 5:00 pm
    justrand permalink

    A scalawag, eh? Yar, but me thinks that be illegal too!

  11. 2012 November 20 5:09 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    The taxpayer class needs to change tactics. Instead of being the bulwark of independence we need to get classified as a victim group. (I hear eye rolling in heads but bear with me.) I am not suggesting that taxpayers consider themselves victims, just that they assume the trappings of one. I mean we already have one characteristic in our favor already. There are more takers then givers. ie taxpayers are now the minority. So we push for lower rates, that the great unwashed that pay no taxes do so. But the pitch needs to be cloaked in victimhood.

    Worth a shot.

  12. 2012 November 20 6:19 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim – when he defends himself – as a criminal.”
    – Frederic Bastiat

  13. 2012 November 20 6:19 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “In a free country, governments derive their power from the consent of the governed. When the people have very clearly withdrawn their consent for a law, the discussion should be over. If the Feds refuse to accept that and continue to run roughshod over the people, at what point do we acknowledge that that is not freedom anymore? At what point should the people dissolve the political bands which have connected them with an increasingly tyrannical and oppressive federal government? And if people or states are not free to leave the United States as a last resort, can they really think of themselves as free?

    If a people cannot secede from an oppressive government, they cannot truly be considered free.”

  14. 2012 November 20 6:41 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    I think we all know these types of people, eh?

    “The reason why peaceful and popular activism almost never occurs successfully, the reason why good people are made to stand and suffer, falls not only to the establishment elites who seek out and abuse power; others share in the blame. Regardless of the age, the culture or the social conditions, there is always a percentage of the general populace that embraces the totalitarian dynamic.

    There is always someone in our neighborhood, workplace and within our family who finds vindication or advantage in supporting the state, even if the state has turned viciously criminal.

    They are not only useful idiots; they are conscious participants in the process of pacification and enslavement of their own society.

    They understand their role perfectly, and they enjoy what they do.”

    Happy Thanksgiving – Peace

  15. 2012 November 20 7:00 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “School officials for the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, have informed high school student Andrea Hernandez that she will be “withdrawn” from John Jay High School’s Science and Engineering Academy, effective Monday, November 26, because she objects to wearing a name badge signifying participation in the school district’s new “Student Locator Project.” The badges include tiny Radio Frequency Identification (“RFID”) chips that produce a radio signal, enabling school officials to track students’ precise location on school property.

    For Hernandez, a sophomore, the badges pose a significant religious freedom concern in addition to the obvious privacy issues. In coming to Andrea’s defense, Rutherford attorneys are preparing to seek immediate judicial intervention to ensure that Andrea is not removed from her school as a result of adhering to her religious beliefs and refusing to express approval of the Project.”

  16. 2012 November 20 7:55 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    JBoz – you are 100% correct. It is going to crash and burn BIG TIME. It will be blamed on the Conservatives because that is how the LEFT operates. Then the LEFT is going to go all Adolph on us and go for the brass ring.

    Organize and be prepared.

  17. 2012 November 20 8:22 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Organize and be prepared.

    You betcha.

    Something we need to consider when the SHTF comes, is destinations. Like, where would you go and who would you go to if you were forced to leave your state? We need the equivalent of an underground railroad.

  18. 2012 November 20 8:38 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    ddog – agree. IP knows which direction I will be heading. Starting the process of reaching out to find like minded people when SHTF.

  19. 2012 November 21 5:33 am
    drdog09 permalink

    This should scare the hell out of you — — it may affect the price of what you eat in the future.

    Family farms are still a large part of our food production system. Fact they are the basis for the price stability of many food products vs mega farms. Without the ability to pass these assets to the next generation with little hindrance many farms will be lost to the tax man.

  20. 2012 November 21 5:41 am
    justrand permalink

    drdog…those people are “Millionaires & Billionaires”, dontcha know? Besides, the more we TAKE from them…the more the government can GIVE us!!!!

    More Free Stuff, please! “)

  21. 2012 November 21 5:59 am

    “where would you go and who would you go to if you were forced to leave your state? ” mutley

    Being Texicans, our problem will be to keep too many of the others from coming here.
    The red states will be the better places to be when the ballon goes up. The cold weather red states
    will be tougher in a pure survivle mode however.

  22. 2012 November 21 6:48 am
    justrand permalink

    IP, I am in my hunker-down place…but it is, sadly, in the People’s Republik of Kalifornia.

    That said, it is in the part of the State that is DEEPLY “Red”

    ya know, they used to switch the “Red” “Blue” designation every election…and stopped at some point. The reality is that the “Blue” states should be designated “RED”…as they are the ones leading the charge for Socialism. I think this was deliberate…but I digress.

    Anyway, if the National economy does crater, then California’s will in short order (or the order could be reversed). A large part of California would quickly become “difficult to control” :evil:. We’re in that part. 🙂

  23. 2012 November 21 6:50 am


  24. 2012 November 21 8:55 am

    24 – Considering their are not enough jobs perhaps a slowing birthrate isn’t so bad. :roll: Just trying to find the bright-side 😉

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