PEJ News Coverage Index: February 6, 2012. Big Turn Against Gingrich

Feb 06, 2012

The media narrative has begun to turn against Newt Gingrich.

After losing soundly to Mitt Romney in Florida and Nevada, the tone of news coverage for Newt Gingrich became decidedly more negative in the last week, according to Campaign 2012 in the Media, the ongoing analysis of the tone and volume of presidential candidate coverage conducted by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The week of Monday January 30 through Sunday February 5, a full 41% of the coverage of Gingrich was negative in character, compared with just 24% that was positive. Meanwhile, roughly a third of the coverage (34%) was neutral or simply descriptive. A week earlier, and for the week before that, the tone of news coverage of Gingrich had split evenly between positive and negative treatment of the former Speaker.

Read the full report, Big Turn Against Gingrich, on the Pew Research Center for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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