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MSNBC Had More Negative Coverage Of Romney Than Fox News Did Of Obama, Says Pew

MSNBC Had More Negative Coverage Of Romney Than Fox Did Of Obama, Says Pew

A new survey released by Pew examined the negative coverage both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have received in the mainstream news as well as in social media. While MSNBC and Fox News are often seen as two sides of the same partisan coin, the survey found one network to be notably more negative toward a candidate.

Seventy-one percent of MSNBC’s coverage of Romney, from August 27 to October 21 of this year, was negative (with three percent being positive). By contrast, Fox News’ negative coverage of Obama during the same period came in at 46 percent (with six percent being positive).

Pew noted that the two networks’ “ideological programming” made them “stand out from other mainstream media outlets” — and that “MSNBC stands out the most.” The negative-to-positive ratio for MSNBC was about 23-to-1, while Fox’s was about 8-to-1.

Overall, the survey found, the candidates have received more negative than positive coverage during the previously mentioned period of time. For Obama, 19 percent of stories were favorable, 30 percent were unfavorable, and 51 percent were mixed. For Romney, 15 percent of stories were favorable, 38 percent were unfavorable, and 47 percent were mixed. Obama received more negative coverage after the first presidential debate, while Romney received more negative coverage after the release of the “47 percent” video.

However, those mainstream news outlets were less negative than social media, where ” the narrative about both men has been relentlessly negative and relatively unmoved by campaign events that have shifted the mainstream narrative.”

Read the full report over at Pew.

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