Skip to comments.Palin dominates media landscape: WI speech generates more news than Romney, Pawlenty announcements
Posted on 04/27/2011 12:13:42 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
After speaking at a Madison, Wisconsin, rally on April 16 in support of Governor Scott Walker's controversial public union policies Sarah Palin grabbed national headlines...but apparently not enough to satisfy the former Governor's sizable appetite for attention.
In the hours following the rally, Palin's all around social media maven Rebecca Mansour took to the twitternets to scold the lamestream media she felt had unfairly ignored Palin's speech. Slate's David Weigel has a rundown of Mansour's complaints which we won't go over here, but suffice it to say Mansour would really like to know "what gives?"
But according to research by OhMyGov, both Palin and Mansour may be tweeting up the wrong tree with their complaints of MSM neglect. In fact, our research shows that Palin has by far the highest media profile of any potential GOP nominee, a profile that gets heightened every time she inserts herself into a national news story.
MADISON SPEECH FAR FROM IGNORED
According to OhMyGov's media monitoring, in the hours immediately following the April 16 Madison rally, Palin appeared in 545 published news stories --- a 129 article spike from the previous day. Many of the news mentions of Palin on April 17th came via an Associated Press story summarizing the event and Palin's participation, which surely is not the same as a front-page Washington Post feature, but it sure isn't anything to sneeze at. By comparison, on April 18, the day after most of the reporting of Palin's speech had already been released, the Mama Grizzly was mentioned in a mere 161 media outlets. These numbers suggest that the April 17 bump can be directly attributed to the Madison rally --- strongly suggesting that, regardless of what Mansour or Palin may claim, when the former Governor speaks the media will invariably listen.
Palin finds a way to get more press than Romney
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DRIVING THE NEWS CYCLE
We looked at three other recent news stories between Jan. 1 and today that either directly or indirectly involved Palin, and in all three instances OhMyGov found that Palin has been anything but ignored by the same media outlets she decries as lame and elitist. The January 8 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) ostensibly had absolutely nothing to do with Sarah Palin, but that didn't stop the inevitable spike in Palin's media mentions in the days immediately following the tragedy in Tucson.
On January 7, the day before the shooting, Palin was mentioned in the news 265 times. On January 9, following a day where Giffords became the dominant national news story, Palin's media mentions jumped to 340. Palin made no statement regarding the events in Arizona, but Internet chatter regarding her infamous "gun sight map" drove a rise in news coverage. The trend continued throughout the following week as Palin remained a hot topic of conversation. By January 12 Palin's daily news mentions increased to 565 articles. That day Palin released a video statement regarding the shooting where she accused some liberals of committing a "blood libel" in their criticisms of her. The results? The next day Palin's numbers once again jumped and she was mentioned 600 times across the media landscape. This is not what ignoring someone looks like.
After Rep. Giffords shooting, Palin nabs just as many news mentions
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Palin saw another smaller bump in her media mentions during a mid-March trip to India where she made public comments criticizing President Obama's handling of the situation in Libya.
LEADING A GOP FIELD SHE HASN'T ENTERED
As the 2012 Republican primary field has begun to take shape over the past several months, Palin has remained the most closely covered GOP hopeful in the American media. This is an ironic development when you consider that she hasn't actually said she's running for President. As of April 21, Palin had accumulated 26,649 media mentions in 2011, significantly more coverage than any of the actual candidates have received thus far. By comparison Tim Pawlenty, the first Republican to announce plans to form a Presidential exploratory committee, netted 14,915 media mentions to date according to OhMyGov. Meanwhile Mitt Romney, the man some people are calling the early favorite for the nomination, snagged a relatively mere 10,906 mentions in 2011.
Other potential nominees who are yet to officially declare their candidacy don't do much better than the actual candidates, and far worse than Palin, in terms of coverage. Mitch Daniels has only received 6,102 mentions, while Palin's potential rival for the love of Tea Partiers everywhere, Newt Gingrich, landed 11,433 media mentions.
After Rep. Giffords shooting, Palin nabs just as many news mentions.
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Taking things a step further, both Pawlenty and Romney received less media coverage on the days after they announced their exploratory committees than Palin did the day after her Madison speech. Romney scooped up 372 mentions the day after his announcement, Pawlenty outpaced him with a healthy 390. But once again, neither one came close to the 500+ mentions Palin picked up for merely making a speech on a Saturday afternoon.
These numbers go a long way to prove the theory that by merely flirting with the idea of running, as opposed to actually running for anything, Palin has the ability to dominate the news cycle unlike any other figure. If Sarah Barracuda's numbers are this impressive without actually running for anything, what will happen to them once she officially throws her hat into the ring? That thought could be enough to keep potential GOP primary opponents up at night.
Ultimately Palin may very well choose she is better off making speeches and YouTube videos than she would be running for President, no one outside her tightly guarded inner circle knows her plans for sure. But love her or hate her, the numbers prove very few folks in the media she loves to hate are ignoring anything Palin does.
News mentions for GOP candidates/hopefuls, for the month ending April 21
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Somebody better break this news to the resident PDS dudes (gently, of course).
Good...keep the left guessing and spending their resources.
FWIW the article is wrong. The Madison WAS NOT covered by the MSM and was generally ignored by the talk shows. Being in the news business I searched for reaction to the speech and there was very little reporting.
Sarah is looking and sounding more and more presidential. The ONLY potential candidate on her level is Rep Allen West.
Too bad, RINOs—Sara’s right on all the issues.
Meanwhile, our MSM tries VERY HARD to keep it quiet. THAT IS WHY they always discuss “who’s ahead” as if it were a horse race, rather than ANY issues that matter to the country.
They mentioned her name once only in terms of ranking but no other discussion of her at all good or bad.
It is as though they are afraid to even say her name for fear that she will appear in a puff of smoke.
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