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%).
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.