PEJ News Coverage Index: December 5-11, 2011. The Gingrich Rise Fuels Campaign Coverage

Dec 13, 2011

The latest GOP frontrunner, Newt Gingrich, has now been become the top campaign newsmaker after weeks of attention to Herman Cain and allegations about his personal behavior.

The 2012 presidential campaign once again topped the news agenda, accounting for 24% of the newshole during the week of December 5-11, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. That was only slightly higher than the previous week’s level of 23%.

The focus of that coverage was squarely on Gingrich, the former House speaker who has quickly risen to the top of the polls. He was a dominant newsmaker in 47% of all campaign stories studied last week, nearly twice as prevalent the next biggest newsmaker, Mitt Romney. (To register as a dominant newsmaker, someone must be featured in at least 50% of a story.)

Read the full report, The Gingrich Rise Fuels Campaign Coverage, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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