Media Bias Exposed: Romney Gets 3 Times More Positive Coverage than Obama

A new study from Pew’s Project For Excellence In Journalism has uncovered a serious case of media bias, as Mitt Romney is getting three times more positive media coverage than President Obama.

The new Pew study found that after Mitt Romney won the Michigan primary his coverage went from a 37%-35% positive/negative split to an overwhelmingly positive 47%-25%. Before Michigan, the coverage of Romney had been mixed. After his New Hampshire win, the Republican enjoyed positive coverage, 45%-33%, but his loss in South Carolina got him a negative coverage week 28%-40%. Romney hit his low point from February 13-19. His coverage was overwhelmingly negative that week, 51%-23%.

After Michigan, Romney’s positive coverage jumped by 17 points to 45% and negative coverage fell by 5 points to 28%. As the Obama campaign turned their attention to Romney in the first week of April, Romney’s coverage stayed positive but mixed, 35%-33% with 32% neutral.

However, no candidate has received the amount of constant media negativity that President Obama has endured. President Obama has not had a single week in 2012 when positive coverage has outnumbered the negative. Obama’s negative coverage was driven by the media’s willingness to parrot Republican talking points, and the Supreme Court challenge to health care reform.

The one variation in the tone of Obama’s coverage comes when the economy is discussed. Depending on the day’s economic numbers, the gap between the president’s positive and negative coverage is as high as 28-37 points or as low as 11-15 points. The best coverage Obama has gotten all year has been a negative to positive gap in the single digits in late February. In the first week of April, while Romney’s coverage was slightly positive, President Obama’s was almost 3 to 1 negative, 13%-37%.

The difference between how the two candidates are treated becomes obvious in when looked at in graphic form.

Here is a comparison of the two candidates’ media coverage.

Romney coverage:

Obama coverage:

As you can see, the supposedly liberally biased media gives Obama zero positive media coverage. At no point in 2012 has Obama enjoyed positive reporting from the supposedly liberal media. On the other hand, the corporate media’s desire to fuel their profits with a close 2012 election has led them to overwhelm Mitt Romney with kindness. (The Pew study surveyed 11,000 media outlets, so the bias goes beyond talk radio and Fox News).

Part of Romney’s positive coverage was fueled by the GOP horserace. The candidate who wins the primary reaps the media coverage the following week, but it goes deeper than that. When President Obama talks about middle class issues and raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations, his media coverage gets more negative. It is a surprise that as President Obama talked about the Buffett Rule in early April, his media coverage was 3-1 negative?

When the president talks about helping the middle class or healthcare reform, he gets negative media coverage. The corporate controlled mainstream media doesn’t like it when President Obama talks about raising their taxes. The mainstream media doesn’t like talking about an economic system that is designed to benefit them at the expense of everyone else.

The media shows their displeasure with the president’s message by shaping the coverage of him negatively. Could there be a candidate more custom made to protect and enhance their interests that the King of Bain, Mitt “corporations are people, my friend” Romney? Consciously or not, this corporate bias shapes the media’s coverage of the two candidates.

Those members of the media who could be objective have also been intimidated by the post-2008 howls of the Republican Party that the media was pro-Obama. In an effort to prove that they aren’t pro-Obama, the mainstream media has become anti-Obama.

These media obstacles are just one of the reasons why President Obama and his supporters are going to have to work twice as hard in 2012 as they did in 2008 in order to win reelection. Despite the media’s best efforts, Obama still leads in the polls. This fact speaks volumes about both the weakness of Mitt Romney, and the little discussed strength and conviction of President Obama’s supporters.

9 Replies to “Media Bias Exposed: Romney Gets 3 Times More Positive Coverage than Obama”

  1. You didn’t expect Romney to actually recite FACTS, did you? It is not the conservative way any more. Just figure out what will heat up the idiots at the bottom, and say that. Over and over. Look at how Palin is making her living…millions of dollars for saying whatever Fox puts on her prompters, and making evil faces while she says it. It is a sad state of affairs when elections turn on who lies the best.

  2. This is so depressing…
    As was reading that Obama was recently booed at Fenway Park.
    “At Red Sox game, President Obama comes on big screen to recognize Fenway’s 100th anniversary, followed by loud chorus of boos’.
    With all the negativity directed toward this man…what else can we expect. And what can we possibly do?

  3. How do I turn off the mobile version of your site? This page is illegible on my iPhone, which I’m almost always on? It keeps popping up to the top when I try to read the graphs. I don’t see an option to read on a desktop version.

    Email ok and feel free to delete.

  4. Just the other day, I heard someone on Al Sharpton’s
    POLITICSNATION say that polls showing Willard leading the
    president as to who has better ideas about how to fix
    the economy show the president needs to do more to get
    his message out. If I had been able to, I would have
    asked this man what planet he lives on, as the president
    has been quite clear about the fairness he wants to
    pursue. As for anyone who still thinks that a former
    governor whose state ranked only 47th out of all 50 while
    he was governor, they need their heads examined if they
    think he would be any better creating jobs on a national
    scale. That’s just one example of the media bias
    described in this article.

  5. The media is controlled by Rothschild/Rockefeller’s so this is not a huge surprise. And, they control the ballot boxes as well so the left should be concerned. Their day of reckoning is coming although I wish no one any ill will. The people have stood up and we’re taking our power back.

  6. when the repubs own 99% of the media outlets…then why should it be a surprise to anybody that mitt rommey got more positive press…fox lies owns a lot of media outlets

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