From PEJ’s report on last week’s campaign coverage:

[T]he media narrative of the campaign focused on tone and tactics last week, perhaps as the press searched for something that might alter the strategic dynamic of the race.

Indeed, 27% of the campaign-related news hole last week was devoted to “harsher attacks by candidates.” And the campaign received more coverage than the financial crisis (41% vs. 36%).

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.