Frontrunner Mitt Romney is getting by far the most negative press of the GOP field, according to a new study of television news coverage by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University. The study also found that the campaign horse race is getting over six times as much coverage as the candidates’ positions on policy issues. According to CMPA director and George Mason University professor Robert Lichter, “The media love a horse race and hate a frontrunner.”
This is consistent with what I have been telling you the last several weeks. The media has been rooting for Newt because they want a horserace so they have something to cover and get high ratings, and also because I suspect that the liberals in the media want Newt to win because (1) they think Obama will have an easier time defeating him; and (2) even if he wins, he’s pro-immigration, his hypocrisy on being pro-family values while he has cheated on his wives makes liberals feel good about being liberal, and they figure he can’t be all that bad if he appeared on an anti-global warming TV ad with Nancy Pelosi.