In her recent New York Times article, Katherine Seelye reports that certain aspects
of media coverage about the respective Democratic rivals for their party’s Presidential
nomination has changed in the last week. Previously, many believed that Senator
Barack Obama had assumed a significant lead over Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, due
in part, to the different way they have been portrayed and scrutinized by the media.
Likewise, some observers credit the February 23rd episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live
with helping change some of the different ways the media have been covering the two
Senator Clinton had already been complaining that the media were scrutinizing
and criticizing her much more harshly than her opponent and taking a gentler
The television skit caricatured the difference between the their respective treatment by reporters and many believe that combined with Ms. Nevertheless, last week"tms coverage definitely changed from being more focused on (and more positive towards) Obama and less focused on (and comparatively less positive towards) Clinton to something of a reversal: more stories have been devoted to Ms. In all likelihood, the truth, as always, probably lies somewhere closer to the middle than to either of those points of view. Obama, in addition to changing their tones about each, respectively. Obama has now had to respond to several inquiries into supporters of his linked to criminal activity. Meanwhile, Obama also addressed that apparent observation characterizing her tactics as "complaining about the refs," using the sports analogy. Obama had previously been much less than those critical of Ms. Clinton, but that the situation has changed considerably in the last two weeks. The Project for Excellence in Journalism uses empirical studies to evaluate news media; their recent study of this issue included almost 50 different news sources such as cable television, newspapers, radio, network television, and Internet websites. In general, media coverage about the political race has also declined, which some observers believe reflects the fact that Obama has been projected as a heavy favorite; others suggest it may have more to with the fact that no political primaries were scheduled last week. Their conclusions was that the percentage of media stories critical about Mr. Clinton"tms aggressive complaining about it, may account for some of the changes in coverage since it aired.