Tag: politicalshift

by Kathy E. Gill

A month ago, before the Republican and Democratic national conventions, the average TV viewer in Cleveland was seeing about 87 presidential campaign ads each week. And in Orlando, Fla.? About 70. According to Joseph Mercurio, who manages political ad buys, those numbers are “unprecedented.” He told the AP that a competitive statewide race with “heavy” [...] more »

by Ari Melber

Click to read our whole series We are all fact-checkers now. For years, Americans’ political press has been stuck in a fact-free model of neutrality, often covering even the most obvious lies as “one side” of a dispute. From Swift Boats and global warming to Iraq’s nonexistent WMDs, this coverage shrouds even rudimentary empirical claims [...] more »

by Kathleen Hessert

Editor’s note: The folks at BuzzMgr, a social media listening tool, have been putting together a daily infographic from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., to help distill the daily buzz there. Below are each day’s infographics in chronological order. We’ll update this post with the most recent infographics as they come in. Also, [...] more »

by Evelyn Messinger

Click to read our whole series For two weeks every four years, the media and the politicos gather for the insider’s ritual of selecting a presidential candidate. Really, it’s an opportunity for them to party, schmooze and show the special interests, who support their cause, a good time. The role of the citizen in these [...] more »

by Lillian Mongeau

Nearly 7 million young people will be newly eligible to vote this November. And contrary to what most might think, a recent study of how these voters engage in politics using new media shows they’re paying close attention. “A lot of what we’re trying to understand is the way in which [using new media] might [...] more »

by Mark Hannah

As a teenager who was vocally opinionated about political issues, I often heard the cautionary refrain “Politics is not the topic of polite conversation.” That counsel must have been lost on me, since I find myself as an adult publicly airing my opinions as both the political correspondent for this blog and as a Democratic [...] more »

by Mark Hannah

Despite the nonstop coverage of the ongoing Republican primary battle on cable news and talk radio programs, the American voter remains notoriously ill-informed. While people may be increasing their attention to the high-profile horse race of presidential politics this year, it’s clear that most voters’ knowledge of local politics has sharply declined. This is doubtless [...] more »

by Mark Hannah

Many of you are, like me, among the proverbial “99%” when it comes to economics and income. But if you regularly learn about the 2012 campaign from those you follow on Twitter, as I do, you’re in an elite class of a different sort. A new report out from the The Pew Research Center for [...] more »