Report Details Political Media Trends
The New York Times reported on a new study done by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, part of the Pew Research Center, and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard.
The study which examined 1,742 stories that appeared from January through May in 48 news outlets found out about various political media trends. For example there has been increased coverage of political strategy and tactics as opposed to the issues.
Also, Democratic presidential candidates were more favorably covered compared to Republican candidates. According to the study Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois had overwhelming support and positive coverage from the media compared to Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona.
Other highlights from the study include statistics showing that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat of New York recieved the most coverage but only 27 percent of her stories were considered positive whereas 47 percent about Obama were positive.
The study found that voters were craving coverage of candidates positions on issues and personal background information but only 12 percent of stories dealt with information relevant to voters' decision making.