Skip to comments.Report: Media saw Romney as nominee post-Michigan
Posted on 04/23/2012 4:27:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
NEW YORK (AP) The media decided that Mitt Romney would be the inevitable Republican presidential nominee weeks before voters did, according to a report that analyzes race coverage.
The study being released Monday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center Project for Excellence in Journalism found that while Romney didn't have a clear path until chief rival Rick Santorum suspended his campaign April 10, the media concluded the race was over Feb. 28, when Romney narrowly won the Michigan primary.
The report analyzed the content and tone of coverage of the contest from Jan. 2 to April 15. It used a computer-assisted analysis of more than 11,000 news outlets and a closer assessment of 52 key print, television, audio and online news outlets.
Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism and a co-author of the report, said Romney was the focus of plenty of skeptical stories throughout the primaries, but the former Massachusetts governor's victory in Michigan led to a decisive shift in media coverage. Romney grew up in Michigan, but Santorum made a strong play for conservative support.
"The press began to see Romney's victory as essentially secured by the end of February even though it was clear many voters were still uneasy," Rosenstiel said. "What we saw going on in the coverage then was a suddenly intense discussion of 'delegate math' and the conclusion that no other candidate could win."
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You are, of course, correct.
Note how they kludge up the description of Mitt’s coverage down near the bottom of the linked piece.
The media and the GOP establishment were 100% in agreement of who was and who should be the Republican nominee. That alone ought to tell you something.
The media conveniently forgot that Michigan was actually a tie and an after the vote rule change gave Romney the two extra delegates.
Considering the fact that Mitt defeated McCain here by 10 points in 08, I’d say that Mitt has had a disastrous midwest swing. His wins have all come in the media and will bring his defeat in the fall.
Both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are correct. The media is in the bag for Romney and effectively crushed any attempt at fundraising on the part of other candidates.
Looking back, if we can do so at this time, Rick Santurom came this close from grabbing the brass ring. From out of nowhere, an ignominiously defeated former Senator won the Iowa primary, somehow survived his non-meaningfulness in NH, SC, FL and NV, and then - shazam! - won a bunch of caucus states, eclipsed Newt as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, and faced him mano a mano in Michigan. Perhaps Mitt could have carried forth if he had won AZ and lost MI by only a few votes. But, definitely, Santurom would have been poised to win OH. Mitt pulled out all the stops in Michigan, and just edged Santurom. Having won Michigan, it was essentially downhill. Ohio was the next possible rough spot, but not as crucial. After that, Romney winning the nomination became increasingly inevitable.