Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Clinton Beats Dole in Good Press Race

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Clinton Beats Dole in Good Press Race

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A NEW study of network news confirms that Bill Clinton is getting the best press of his presidency while GOP challenger Bob Dole is not doing nearly as well.

In campaign news from Labor Day through Sept. 30, 54 percent of comments about the president were positive, compared with fewer than one out of three regarding Dole, according to an analysis of evening newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC by the Center for Media and Public Affairs in Washington. The content analysis, which began Jan. 1, is sponsored by the John and Mary Markle Foundation.

In September the networks aired 194 stories on Clinton, compared with 77 on Dole. Excluding campaign coverage of the president, Clinton was the subject of 117 stories, compared with 77 for Dole. A year ago, coverage of the Republican Congress often overshadowed reports on the president. From January through September 1996, the president was praised in 46 percent of news stories, compared with 38 percent positive comments in 1995, 27 percent in 1994 and 29 percent in the first year of his incumbency. …

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