Print Media: The Grand Rapids Press
The Grand Rapids Press ran 9 election related stories this week. Two of the stories, Making sure your vote counts, and Electronic voting draws fire in California, addressed the controversy around electronic voting, an issue that was addressed for the first time last week by the Grand Rapids Press. The article President has many lobbyist friends too was the first article observed in this study to use information from the Center for Public Integrity.
Local TV News Coverage
The local Grand Rapids TV stations ran a combined total of over 56 minutes of election stories this week. Most of this coverage was in the broadcasts on Monday, the day that President Bush was in Kalamazoo as part of his re-election campaign. The stations spent between 5 to 9 minutes on this story during each half-hour news broadcast that day. There was substantially less coverage of the election on Tuesday and Wednesday and none on Thursday and Friday.
Paid Political Ads
This week there were 34 ads paid for by the Bush campaign, 26 by the Kerry campaign, and 5 by the Anti-Bush group Media Fund. The 5 Media Fund ads represented the lowest number of ads aired from independent organizations in 6 weeks. The Kerry campaign released two new commercials this week emphasizing his record as a Vietnam war veteran as well as testimonials from his family.