Why Obama Is Enjoying Favorable Press
In my column yesterday, I noted a recent study concluding that President Obama "has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton of George W. Bush during their first months in the White House."
That study, by the Pew Research Center's Project on Excellence in Journalism, offered some interesting insights into why.
"One element is the pace and sweep of Obama's activities," it said. "Bush and Clinton both started their presidencies pursuing policy agendas much more of their own making than Obama has. But the data suggest the current president has managed the media narrative by responding to the economic crisis with so many new proposals and doing so many events that it has been hard for both his critics and the media to keep up."
Another possible factor: "Obama also entered office with a stronger popular mandate than either of his two predecessors. He is the first president since George H.W. Bush in 1988 to be elected to his first term with more than 50% of the popular vote. He also succeeded a president leaving office with historically low favorability ratings."
And, there's this: "Past studies have shown a recurring pattern of press coverage tending to follow favorability ratings."
A nationwide Washington Post-ABC News poll released April 26 gave Obama a 69 percent approval rating.
What do you think? What's behind the positive coverage of the president so far?
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