Since effectively clinching the GOP nomination on Super Tuesday, Sen John McCain (R-AZ) has had a hard time staying in the headlines. Even last week, according to PEJ’s Campaign Coverage Index, he was a significant or dominant factor in 35% of the campaign stories from April 7-13, trailing both Clinton (56%) and Obama (46%). But that 35% also marked McCain’s highest level of coverage since Feb. 18-24 when the New York Times ran a widely criticized story suggesting an inappropriate relationship between him and a female lobbyist. But when it came to the press narrative, the presumptive GOP nominee was the clear winner. His favorite subject, the Iraq war, was back in the news and he was cheered by some good poll numbers while the Democrats were entangled in damaging story lines.
- PEJ Campaign Coverage Index: March 31- April 6, 2008
- Campaign Coverage Index: Post-Pennsylvania Spin Drowns Out McCain
- Unity Drives Campaign Narrative
- Iraq Again a Campaign Issue
- Straight talk
- McCain's Campaign Funding Hypocrisy: Why Are the Media Looking the Other Way?
- PEJ Talk Show Index: March 31- April 6, 2008
- Campaign Narrative Has Candidates on Defensive
- Obama Is From Google, McCain Is From AT&T on Digital Age Rules
- Is The Fat Lady Humming?
- McCain to media: Let's stay together
- McCain Wins the Coverage Battle as Media Move to Anoint Him
- Economy, Debate Drive News Narrative
- Obama Makes More News Than McCain
- Old Friends in the Media See a New Side of McCain