Fox News, MSNBC became 'more extreme' in covering Obama, Romney as campaign ended
Rival news channels Fox News and MSNBC became even more extreme in the coverage of President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the final days of the 2012 campaign, according to a new study.
The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism survey found that on MSNBC, negative coverage of Romney jumped from 57 percent for most of October to 68 percent from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5.
According to the survey, Fox News's negative coverage of Obama, however, increased from 47 percent to 56 percent in the last week.
Meanwhile, MSNBC's positive coverage of Obama grew from 33 percent to 51 percent during that last week and Fox News' favorable Romney coverage increased from 34 percent of segments to 42 percent, Politico reports.
Overall, the study found that Obama enjoyed a major surge in positive coverage during the last week of his campaign, with positive stories outnumbering negative ones by 10 points, or 29 percent to 19 percent, the report said.
However, Romney's final week with the press was marked by more negative stories than positive, 33 percent to 16 percent.