PEJ News Coverage Index: November 25 - 30, 2007, Rock 'em, Sock 'em Republicans Fuel Big Week of Campaign Coverage

  • December 03, 2007

The way they were reported, some of the post-mortems on the Republicans' Nov. 28 YouTube/CNN debate might have been more appropriately delivered by tuxedoed ring announcer Michael (“Let's Get Ready to Rrrrrumble”) Buffer.

“The day after fight night,” declared George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Nov. 29 newscast. “The Republican debate in St. Petersburg last night was a rumble.”

The Associated Press report carried on Yahoo! News that day followed a similar if familiar theme: “Welcome to fight night.” The story quickly noted that in light of the debate fireworks, it was clear that the GOP contenders had replaced Hillary Clinton with each other as “their preferred punching bag.”

Read the full article Rock 'em, Sock 'em Republicans Fuel Big Week of Campaign Coverage on the Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.