Media Favored Romney Over Obama - Yahoo! News Media Favored Romney Over Obama During the bruising Republican primaries, there was one candidate whose coverage was more relentlessly negative than the rest. In fact, he did not enjoy a single week where positive treatment by the media outweighed the negative. His name is Barack Obama. That is among the findings of a study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, a Washington nonprofit that examined 52 key newspaper, television, radio, and Web outlets. Day in and day out, he was criticized by the entire Republican field on a variety of policies, Mark Jurkowitz, the groups associate director, says of Obama. And he was inextricably linked to events that generated negative coverageincluding rising gas prices, the ailing economy, and the renewed debate over his health care law. In short, while the president was being hammered on both fronts, his message was somewhat drowned out by the volume of news coverage surrounding the GOP candidates. .... Overall, it was no contest. From Jan. 2 through April 15, Romneys coverage was 39 percent positive, 32 percent negative, and 29 percent neutral, the researchers found. Obamas coverage was 18 percent positive, 34 percent negative, and 34 percent neutral. That means Romneys depiction by the media was more than twice as positive as the presidents. So much for liberal bias.