Campaign Coverage Index: 2008 Weekly Analysis
This section contains the complete archive of all the PEJ Campaign Coverage Indexes. They are published below in chronological order, but our archive is also searchable. Use the key word search on the left to find reports about specific news events.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 25, 2008|
|The critical policy issues, and almost every other element of the campaign, took a back seat to the vice-presidential selection process last week. The only other story to really break through was a flap that arose after John McCain had trouble keeping track of his real estate.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 18, 2008|
|Last week, for the first time this year, an event other than the race for president was the No. 1 story. The crisis with Russia was the top story and campaign theme in a week when Barack Obama got more coverage, but John McCain may have gotten the better of it.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 11, 2008|
|One week after sharing headlines equally with John McCain, Barack Obama again dominated the news last week. And even as McCain and Obama sparred over energy, the old question of what do the Clintons want generated major coverage. |
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 4, 2008|
After accusations of pro-Obama bias and a run of media soul searching, and helped by a heavy dose of controversial attack advertising from his campaign team, Republican nominee John McCain finally forced Barack Obama to share the headlines last week.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: July 28, 2008|
|Barack Obama’s week-long tour of world hotspots and capitals generated more coverage than any campaign event in months. But in the end, the media wondered what he had accomplished and whether they were paying too much attention.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: July 21, 2008|
|The week began with a controversial magazine cover. By week's end, an anticipation of an overseas Obama trip dominated campaign coverage and brought Iraq back into frame.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: July 11, 2008|
Two men who are non-candidates for
president drove the media story lines in the campaign last week. Jesse
Jackson’s brutal remarks about Barack Obama may have helped the Democrats. Phil
Gramm’s about the recession being largely mental did not help his friend John
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: July 8, 2008|
There wasn’t much good news in the media campaign narrative for either John McCain or Barack Obama last week. The big McCain story was a staff shakeup that exposed internal problems in the campaign. Meanwhile Obama was trying to prove his patriotism, avoid charges of flip-flopping, and minimize the damage from a surrogate controversy.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: June 30, 2008|
|Barack Obama’s efforts to heal the wounds of the primary battle and to reconcile with the Clintons were the major story lines in last week’s coverage of the Presidential campaign. And they’re a big reason why the Democratic nominee generated about twice as much coverage as did John McCain.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: June 23, 2008|
|Barack Obama and John McCain sparred over offshore drilling and campaign financing, and former Presidential contender Al Gore generated headlines with an endorsement of Obama. But the coverage last week also focused on two people—Michelle Obama and George Bush—who may have a major impact on the outcome of the election.