August 6, 2012 |
It would be imperceptible to all but the most insidery of campaign aficionados, but coverage of the presidential race took on a bit of momentum Monday. That's when Mitt Romney's traveling press corps kicked off “protective pool” coverage of Republican candidate. A routine of campaign coverage for decades, the pools give reporters limited access to candidates even on the days when they have no planned events. The theory is that the press should have maximum access to those who would be president, to witness a simple aside to a voter, contact with a big-money donor or some unforeseen disaster.
October 17, 2011 |
Rick Perry really did get an easy ride, Ron Paul really has been ignored and Barack Obama truly can't catch a break. That's a rough summary of the findings of a massive, computer-based study of campaign coverage by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. The center, using a computer program developed by a Harvard University expert on quantitative analysis, analyzed every campaign story published from May 2 though Oct. 9 by about 11,500 news outlets -- essentially every news outlet in the business -- to determine whether each individual statement about a candidate was positive, negative or neutral.
September 11, 2008 |
As the 2008 presidential campaign moves into its final, frenzied push, the race has never been more competitive. In this case, the rivals are the broadcast television news divisions and their cable news challengers jockeying to win viewers for their political coverage. The cable channels showed clout during the party conventions, but ABC, CBS and NBC are hoping that their evenhanded style and high-profile exclusives will keep people watching this fall. One sign of the broadcasters' continuing sway: Tonight ABC's "World News" will air the first part of anchor Charles Gibson's interview with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the only one she has granted since becoming the Republican vice presidential nominee.
August 3, 2008 |
Bad week for insider hotshots, great week for snide potshots. Rob Rogers applied himself to the Justice Department hiring scandal. Mike Luckovich slammed Alaska's Ted Stevens from the Senate to the Big House. (How much would a bridge to Alcatraz cost?) And ... wait a minute, is the liberal media conspiracy breaking down? Nate Beeler was just one of many cartoonists to finger a fawning press corps for twisting campaign coverage. Patience, Nate, Obama will stumble soon enough. Word is he's appointing Dick Cheney to head his veep search committee.
December 25, 2007 |
It's the height of election season, and Pakistani television audiences might expect the airwaves to be crackling with live campaign coverage, argumentative talk shows and sharp-tongued political commentary. Instead, two weeks before this country's most hotly contested parliamentary vote in years, broadcast outlets operate under a stringent code of conduct imposed by President Pervez Musharraf during a six-week period of emergency rule that ended this month.
June 20, 2006 |
In the old days, working the news media during a Mexican presidential campaign was a pretty simple affair: The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party routinely pressured and/or bribed newspapers and radio and television stations to run stories favorable to the government. For the most part, the media complied in this symbiotic arrangement.