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News Coverage of Election Topics Is Driven By Different Types Of Sources

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Unlike most previous elections, evaluative coverage of the final weeks of the 2008 U.S. presidential election in the New York Times was not dominated by the horse race. Almost equal attention was given to issues, and most attention was given to candidate characteristics. On each topic, more coverage was given to the Democratic than the Republican candidate, roughly a 60-40 split in each case. Obama received more positive coverage when the topic was the horse race. McCain received more positive coverage on the other topics. Surprisingly, the McCain camp served as sources more than the Obama camp. When used as sources, both camps focused on the issues. In contrast, when reporters were sources—which occurred surprisingly often—they most often addressed the horse race. Sources unaffiliated with either campaign gave almost equal attention to all topics. Tone of coverage on different topics and from different sources also was examined.

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Lasorsa, Dominic. "News Coverage of Election Topics Is Driven By Different Types Of Sources" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Boston, MA, May 25, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p487564_index.html>

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Lasorsa, D. L. , 2011-05-25 "News Coverage of Election Topics Is Driven By Different Types Of Sources" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Boston, MA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p487564_index.html

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Abstract: Unlike most previous elections, evaluative coverage of the final weeks of the 2008 U.S. presidential election in the New York Times was not dominated by the horse race. Almost equal attention was given to issues, and most attention was given to candidate characteristics. On each topic, more coverage was given to the Democratic than the Republican candidate, roughly a 60-40 split in each case. Obama received more positive coverage when the topic was the horse race. McCain received more positive coverage on the other topics. Surprisingly, the McCain camp served as sources more than the Obama camp. When used as sources, both camps focused on the issues. In contrast, when reporters were sources—which occurred surprisingly often—they most often addressed the horse race. Sources unaffiliated with either campaign gave almost equal attention to all topics. Tone of coverage on different topics and from different sources also was examined.


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