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  • 1. 2012 Election Coverage
    A look at CNN and online news sources
  • 2. 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
  • 3. Potential Republican Candidates
    Many articles addressing Michelle Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, and Donald Trump as potential candidates
  • 4. 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
  • 5. More on CNN
    Themes
    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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. Potential Republican Candidates
    Possible candidates in November include Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence, John Thune, Haley Barbour, Mike Huckabee
  • 8. 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
  • 9. More on Real Clear Politics
    Themes
    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
  • 10. More on Real Clear Politics
    No unique voice
    Compilation, database-like source
    Tone
    Neutral, like CNN
    Sources from both sides
  • 11. 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)
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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”
  • 16. More on Politico
    Convenient, user-friendly content
    Tone
    Similar to CNN (neutral with off-the-wire stories)
    Candidates should focus efforts on CNN
    Politico is similar, but CNN has a larger audience
  • 17. More on Politico
    Themes
    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
  • 18. 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