MEDIA DARLINGS: CLINTON AND CHRISTIE
The press has its undisputed presidential favorites. In the last nine months, Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have received more coverage than any other hopefuls in the White House derby. They are, in fact, neck and neck, each the subject of 82 stories — this according to a Pew Research Center study of national news coverage from Jan. 1 through the end of September. The pair outdistance their rivals plenty.
Mitt Romney is in third place with 74 stories, followed by Sens. Ted Cruz (68 stories) and Rand Paul (67), and Jeb Bush (53). The only Democrat to even register in the rating is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, with 22 stories.
“Although we’re still two years out from the presidential race, there’s more coverage this time around than in previous election cycles,” the analysis says, noting that 541 stories were written about the 2016 presidential campaign so far this year — double the number of stories generated during the same time period in 2010. Why the GOP-centric coverage? Only a second analysis judging the actual content and slant of the stories can answer that one.