Friday, May 08, 2009

Chart of the Day

The tone of media coverage in Obama's first two months in office as compared with the previous two Presidents, according to the Pew Research Center:

source: Pew

As the study concludes:
President Barack Obama has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton or George Bush during their first months in the White House, according to a new study of press coverage.

Overall, roughly four out of ten stories, editorials and op ed columns about Obama have been clearly positive in tone, compared with 22% for Bush and 27% for Clinton in the same mix of seven national media outlets during the same first two months in office.
No kidding--literally.

See also WILLisms.

(via Ed Morrissey, Don Surber)


Gringo said...

As Gomer Pyle used to say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise."

Makes one want to celebrate bankruptcies of various newspapers.

Carl said...


Agreed. And the best part is that no one can claim Pew is a right-wing organization.

OBloodyHell said...

> Makes one want to celebrate bankruptcies of various newspapers.





Jack Yan said...

The coverage even in New Zealand (sorry, Bob) has been very positive, too, even down to the presidential dog and White House-issued still photographs run on the network news. I didn’t know when our TV news became the White House’s press department.

Wry Mouth said...

For those keeping score, that is about an 80% margin over the positive coverage for Mr. Clinton. Zowee!

Carl said...


Perhaps at the same time America's did?


That's what caught my eye--and convinced me to highlight it here.