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    2012electioncoverage 2012electioncoverage Presentation Transcript

    • 2012 Election Coverage
      A look at CNN and online news sources
    • CNN
      Directly covers 2012 election
      “Top 5: 2012” section
      Election Center
      Political Ticker with 2012 news
      Indirectly covers 2012 election, as well
      Current Obama news (“Obama facing mounting criticism over Libya”) juxtaposed with 2012 candidate news
    • Potential Republican Candidates
      Many articles addressing Michelle Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, and Donald Trump as potential candidates
    • Potential Republican Candidates
      Bachmann news about forming exploratory committee and participating in early debates
      Trump openly criticizes Obama (“Trump again questions Obama’s birthplace)
      Emphasis on Pawlenty’s roots and upbringing (“How Pawlenty’s life story prepared him for White House run,” “Pawlenty in South Carolina…”)
      Lots of miscellaneous stories on Newt Gingrich, but not as a potential candidate
    • More on CNN
      Introducing Republican candidates/providing counterpoints to Obama’s actions and current operations
      Hypotheses based on polls (LOTS of polls!)
      Makes news less compelling (Recall Nyhan’s claim about polls’ insignificance at this time)
      Overall tone
      Rather neutral
      Pretty balanced coverage of Democrats and Republicans, but mainly coverage on Republican candidates and Obama (fundraising for campaign)
      However, there were features on Republican Congress members with Democratic challengers
    • Real Clear Politics
      Allows readers to obtain articles from various sources (FOX News, NY Times, Bill O’Reilly, Keith Olbermann)
      Accused of being right leaning, but it’s pretty balanced overall
      Began coverage on November 8 with “Goodbye, 2010, Hello, 2012”
      Most coverage painted doom for Obama
      Reports that he would have a primary challenger and likely win, but have trouble in the general election
    • Potential Republican Candidates
      Possible candidates in November include Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence, John Thune, Haley Barbour, Mike Huckabee
    • More on Real Clear Politics
      Basic content layout
      “2012 GOP Nomination” section with articles
      Headlines and articles include “DeMint predicts fresh GOP candidates for President,” Politico article about Barbour thinking Obama votes are “stupid,” Romney’s chances, Washington Post articles about lots of promising candidates who need to take the country back, video of Bachmann: “I want a waiver from the last two years of Obama”
      Poll averages at the bottom
      Has Real Clear Politics Poll Averages on the Bottom:President Obama Job Approval: RCP Average is 48.4% approve, 46.2% disapproveCongressional Job: 66.2 disapprove, 24.2 approveGeneric Congressional vote: 50.7 for Repubs, 41.3 DemocratsDirection of the country: 26.8 say right direction, 64.6 say wrong track
    • More on Real Clear Politics
      Obama’s experience as a leader (with regards to Libya)
      Troubled economy (Obamacare heavily mentioned)
      Disapproval of Obama among potential candidates
      Lots of external articles about Republican candidates, not much about Obama’s campaign
      Varying coverage
      Mostly other sources, so there is not a balanced look
      Predominately Republican-oriented
      Critical coverage of Obama, but also Obama defense
    • More on Real Clear Politics
      No unique voice
      Compilation, database-like source
      Neutral, like CNN
      Sources from both sides
    • Salon.com
      Founded in 1995
      Claims to be the first online-only commercial publication
      Heavy use of humor and editorial content
      Political coverage page is known as “The War Room”
      Heavy coverage of the Tea Party and their questionable definition and influence
      Openly critical of other news sources (FOX News, The Huffington Post)
    • Salon.com Links
      Brett Baier on Daily Show
      Huffington Post, Andrew Breitbart
      Herbert Cain, "It's hard to interpret this exhange as anything other than straight-up bigotry"
      Donald Trump's White House Con
      Obama's "Intervention" in Libya
    • Politico
      Most stories are about possible political candidates
      “Romney’s Path: Victory by Slog,” “Bachmann Bid Could Shake Up the New Field,” “Bachmann Confirms She’s Inched Closer to the 2012 Election,” “Romney’s Iowa Strategy Still Uncertain,” “Huckabee: Evidence Mounts that He Won’t Run”
      2012 Live
      Entire section dedicated to the election
      Potential candidates and news stories
      Candidate and early state trackers
      Links to candidates’ information and Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube pages
    • More on Politico
      Other candidates’ disapproval of Obama
      “Newt Gingrich blasts Obama on not confronting radical Islam,” “Sarah Palin slams Obama for interfering in Israel,” “Trump on ‘I’ve got my birth certificate, where’s yours?’”
      Stories on Obama and his progress and support for re-election
      These stories bleed into other issues like economy, national debt, and international problems (ex: Libya)
      Some reporting on Obama’s funding, but less than CNN
    • Potential Republican Candidates
      Not as much coverage of the Tea Party
      Focus on keeping GOP united under one common goal (get rid of Obama, cut government spending)
      Examples: “GOP’s 2012 Playbook: Cuts blaze trail,” “GOP govs show Obama no love,” “Limited government unites group”
    • More on Politico
      Convenient, user-friendly content
      Similar to CNN (neutral with off-the-wire stories)
      Candidates should focus efforts on CNN
      Politico is similar, but CNN has a larger audience
    • More on Politico
      Presidential candidates
      Links to other media sources (Facebook, etc.)
      Obama (indirectly)
      Most stories and reports on Obama involve other candidates’ thoughts and comments on him
    • Concluding Remarks
      Lots of direct and indirect coverage of the 2012 election
      Lots of coverage on Republican candidates on all sites
      Lots of Obama criticism (mainly with Republican candidates)
      Lots of polls
      Lots of the word “lots” on this slide