Two Studies, Two Answers: Who Got the Toughest Media Coverage?

Posted May 29, 2008 at 1:46pm

How do most Americans regard the media coverage of each of the candidates? There are two different assessments out today, one from Gallup and the other from a joint study by Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center. Gallups’ findings suggest that Hillary Clinton got the harder ride in the press, while the Pew-Harvard study concludes that Obama and Clinton have fared about equally.

Clinton, of course, has raised the soft-on-Obama issue several times, most famously in their Feb. 26 debate in Ohio where she cracked, “If anybody saw ‘Saturday Night Live, maybe we should ask Barack if he’s comfortable and needs another pillow.” At the time, the Project for Excellence in Journalism described at as an effort “to work the refs” – namely, the press.