The week began with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton bashing each other with negative TV ads on the eve of the Pennsylvania primary. It ended with the prospect of a longer, tougher contest after Clinton’s win, and with the volatile issue of race again occupying a prominent place in the media narrative. Given that the coverage of the crucial April 22 Pennsylvania vote accounted for 53% of all the campaign stories, last week’s election news was utterly dominated by the Democrats. Obama was a dominant or significant newsmaker in 70% of the campaign stories, according to PEJ’s Campaign Coverage Index for April 21-27. Clinton was close behind at 64%, generating her highest level of media attention this year. (Bill Clinton accounted for another 3%).
- Unity Drives Campaign Narrative
- PEJ Campaign Coverage Index: March 31- April 6, 2008
- The Pastor, The Candidate, And The Speech Lead The News
- Character and the Primaries of 2008
- Clinton Battles the Obama Boom, McCain Battles the Times
- Pennsylvania Stations May Get $40 Mil in Campaign Ads
- Press Takes a Harder Look at Obama -- and Itself
- McCain Wins the Coverage Battle as Media Move to Anoint Him
- Obama Makes More News Than McCain
- Public Says Media Harder on Clinton Than Obama, McCain
- News Coverage Changes, and So Does Tone of the Campaign
- Critics and News Executives Split Over Sexism in Clinton Coverage
- Media Admire Clinton’s Resilience, Question Obama’s Toughness
- PEJ Talk Show Index: April 7 - 13, 2008
- Is The Fat Lady Humming?