PEJ New Media Index: Bloggers Hammer Mitt Romney

Mar 22, 2012

The political discussion online last week highlighted some stark differences between the social and mainstream media.

In the mainstream press, Mitt Romney enjoyed his most positive coverage of the year as the delegate math made it more likely he will become the party's nominee. According to an analysis by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, 61% of Romney's news coverage was positive compared with only 17% that was negative.

But online, the conversation about Romney was much different and quite negative. There, he faced intense criticism for statements and positions on issues ranging from Planned Parenthood to Rush Limbaugh.

Read the full report, Bloggers Hammer Mitt Romney, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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