Presidential Campaign & The Media Coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A study of political coverage finds that within the first five months of the presidential contest, the media effectively has reduced the field to five candidates. That's even though there were 17 mainstream Democrats and Republicans.

Five candidates received more than half the coverage. They are Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama (ber-AHK' oh-BAH'-muh) and Republicans Giuliani, Mitt Romney and John McCain.

Obama has enjoyed the friendliest coverage.

But the tone of the coverage for the two front-runners -- Clinton and Giuliani -- hardly was friendly.

The study is by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.


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