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Wondering which candidate got the most coverage this year?

[Christine] O'Donnell, despite lacking national name recognition earlier this year, has been covered more than any other 2010 candidate, according to research provided by Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism. ... O'Donnell ranked first among 2010 candidates. She was lead newsmaker in 160 stories, a remarkable number considering the majority of them came within the past two months.

O'Donnell, incidentally, won't win tonight, and never had a chance of winning. She just made for good copy.

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By Ezra Klein  | November 2, 2010; 10:33 AM ET
 
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Yeah I love how the "liberal" media always gives loads of free press to conservatives like ODonnel, Palin and the Swiftboat vets and helps them with their elections.

Posted by: lauren2010 | November 2, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

this is simple. Its because right leaning media touts their own candidates and left leaning media doesn't tout their own but tries to win by bashing the right leaning candidates.

Just watch "The Ed Show", Countdown if you want to see it in action. Maybe if they spent more time pushing their own candidates instead of pushing against the others they'd have a different result here.

Posted by: visionbrkr | November 2, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"Yeah I love how the "liberal" media always gives loads of free press to conservatives like ODonnel, Palin and the Swiftboat vets and helps them with their elections."

Lauren,

Do you really think media exposure helps candidates like Palin and O'Donnell?

Posted by: justin84 | November 2, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I prefer "race to the bottom"

Posted by: gagkk | November 2, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm living in Norway right now. Her picture was on the front page of one of the papers last week. In Norway. They're not in the habit of running stories on senate candidates from minor American states. But everyone loves a freak show.

Posted by: titaea | November 2, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

O'Donnell has been getting a ton of coverage from the left (see the Plum Line for an example) because the Democrats don't have anything better to talk about in this election cycle.

Posted by: tomtildrum | November 2, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

vision

Your implication that right-wing doesn't bash liberals on TV is laughable. Not much difference between MSNBC and Fox. Almost every other network is more down the middle but leans towards giving voices to right-wing ideology.

Pew research center has actually done studies on this and proved what I say.

Posted by: lauren2010 | November 2, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm not as gracious as Ezra in thinking the O'Donnell coverage was simply because she "made for good copy".

I watch CNN frequently, and they were obsessed with her. And if you listened to the tone of their coverage and they questions they asked when they got within earshot of her, it was clear (to me) what they were trying to do.

In spite of her have a zero chance of winning, and being down big nearly the entire race, liberal media wanted O'Donnell to be the face of the Tea Party and conservatives. They tried to find the most ill-suited candidate on the conservative side, and run her out daily (or hourly) as the example of conservatives.

Meanwhile, they largely ignored other races where Tea Party (or simply conservative Republicans) were doing much better. And think about this: how much coverage did you see in the past month on the national networks of Jan Brewer's race? You know, that racist conservative who liberals predicted would be swept out of office becaused of her 'bigotry' in trying to actually enforce immigration laws?

I'm guessing the liberal media igorned Brewer because she didn't 'make for good copy'...in pushing the story they wanted to push for this cycle, anyway.

Posted by: dbw1 | November 2, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Most media outlets, left, right, and center, are businesses. They cover candidates that say or do outrageous things because those candidates drive ratings. Earnest, well-meaning and well-informed politicians engaging in civil debate don't. Christine O'Donnell said and did a whole host of stupid things this year, so she got a lot of coverage.

Posted by: MosBen | November 2, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

vision

Your implication that right-wing doesn't bash liberals on TV is laughable. Not much difference between MSNBC and Fox. Almost every other network is more down the middle but leans towards giving voices to right-wing ideology.

Pew research center has actually done studies on this and proved what I say.

Posted by: lauren2010 | November 2, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Lauren,

honestly I don't watch Fox news so i can't comment there but if they were bashing left wing candidates we'd see them all over the place doing it and I'd think it'd appear in this poll and its not. Alan grayson? They should go after him and his lies but I'm guessing they don't think he's worth the trouble. But every time you turn on all those shows I mentioned every jealous word out of their mouth is about Glenn Beck, Fox news etc. I say jealousy in the regards of ratings I guess but it is kind of pathetic in a "red headed stepchild kind of way."

Posted by: visionbrkr | November 2, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

actually MosBen Christine O'Donnell said and did a whole lot of stupid things 10-15 years ago that Bill Maher drug up to drive any chance of her winning to nothing. My question for Mr. Maher is if he knew she was running why didn't he bring it up during the primary (maybe he did and I didn't recall). Was it to ensure the Dems held the senate? Shrewd move if that was it.

Posted by: visionbrkr | November 2, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

"actually MosBen Christine O'Donnell said and did a whole lot of stupid things 10-15 years ago that Bill Maher drug up to drive any chance of her winning to nothing. My question for Mr. Maher is if he knew she was running why didn't he bring it up during the primary (maybe he did and I didn't recall). Was it to ensure the Dems held the senate? Shrewd move if that was it."

She's had some more recent gaffes too... 4:07 on this clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXvV11-Xwpw&feature=related

Posted by: justin84 | November 2, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

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