San Jose State University      School of Journalism & Mass Communications

MCOM 139: Sec. 02     Fall Semester 2012     CLASS CANCELED    Low enrollment        


WEATHER WARNING - Hurricane Isaac approaching New Orleans

Eerie similarities between this storm and Hurricane Katrina

Fmr. Florida Republican Governor endorses President Obama

Obama & Romney try to rain on each other's parade

8 Ways Religion will matter at Republican Convention

Electoral College tie possible at end of presidential election 2012

CNN Poll: Obama 49%-Romney 47% among likely voters

FOX: Republican Convention rachets up enthusiasm for Romney

TV ad spending focused on nine states

Journalists covering GOP Convention review work space

Photo: Dave Martin / AP 

GOP Convention Protestors: Storm 'Isaac' won't stop them

Revised GOP Convention schedule due to storm approaching

Class Greensheet - TBA

Latest Info:
Politico      CNN
Interactive Electoral Map
Reliable Sources

Social Media
Conservative blogs
Progressive blogs

FOX News
Washington Times
Chicago Tribune
New York Times
Sun Sentinel - Florida
Des Moines Register
SF Gate


Study: Political ads and

Republicans   Aug. 27-30
Democrats     Sept. 3-6

Party Websites:

Campaign Websites:

Facebook: Obama

Register to vote

ASU Cronkite School of Journalism: Media Coverage of the Election - March 2012
Newseum-Washington D.C.: Historic perspectives on media election coverage.


DID YOU KNOW... Prof. Rucker lived a few miles away from this historic convention protest:


1968: Democratic Convention, Chicago - Protests lead to violent city police reactions.
 See photos and stories



Videos: Top 10 political ads on You Tube               
Ads shift from economy to welfare when Ryan made VP choice, 2012


Traditional news, online and social media outlets covering the race for the White House in 2012

       Election Coverage - Terminology Explained            Social media: Saturation           Caucus and Primary Election: Calendar
                                      Where do all the candidates stand? Major issues (CNN)         The Issues (FOX stories)


Election Year 2012: Information/News Coverage/Research Information

     Media Coverage:

Stupidity & social
conservatism a recipe for racism?
 FOX News   1/30/12

NBC demands Romney take down ad with Tom Brokaw
Huffington Post      1/29/12

Which party better suits
Latino voters?  CNN  1/29/12

Arizona governor argues
with President Obama

Drudge Report   1/25/12

CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer
on GOP debate tension with Newt Gingrich
Huffington Post     1/27/12

Gingrich ex-wife unloads
about their marriage in an
ABC News interview.

Drudge Report   1/25/12

Gingrich to media: Find
your own damn ride
Yahoo! News 1/29/30

Tired & Broke Santorum
heads home before Florida

Yahoo! News 1/27/12

Romney wins Florida
debate/Newt rattled

ABC News  1/27/12
2012 Election Updates

Gingrich on Black

VIDEO: Iowa Caucus GOP Women on CNN
1/3/12  Edith & Carolyn
go viral online!

Social Media influence
AD Age    June, 2011

Why negative advertising
  CNN  1/2/12

Wildest election since
 FOX 1/2/12

How do caucuses work?
FOX News  1/2/12

Mainstream media on
GOP candidates
  FOX 1/2

New funding rules fuel
GOP ad wars  FOX 12/29

Who wants to be
  CNN bios

Starting out: GOP Candidates,
NY Times, April, 2011

GOP Candidate Info
ABC News

1996 All Over Again
FOX News 1/2/12

Townhall Debates


FOX News
Wash.DC Examiner
Wall Street Journal
Top 10 politics websites

Defining 'Conservatism'
Why not liberals?

Conservatives on
Social Issues:


NY Times
Washington Post

About: US Liberals
Top Liberal Blogs

Liberal Strategy

Liberals on
Social Issues:



Rasmussen (daily)
Real Clear Politics


Social media &
polling numbers

2012 expectations
in social media

Social media stats

Pew Study: News IQ Quiz

Major News
Political Reporting:


MSNBC: Hardball

Facebook Politics

Real Clear Politics

Obama approval rating
nears 50%
 Dec. 2011

Obama disapproval

Unique Insights

Analysis of
Candidate Websites

Santorum targets blacks
CBS News 1/2/12

Top Facebook
articles, 2011

Politics & Public

Pew Research Studies:
The Generation Gap
Low Opinions of Congress

NY Times:
Attack Ads - Using Old Videos
Dec., 2011

For Social Conservatives,
No Clear Choice

CBS News 1/2/12

Build your
political IQ

ABC News

International media
election coverage
































2008  Recap:
Barack H. Obama (D)
     Electoral Votes 
  270 Needed to win
     Popular Vote:   
John S. McCain (R)
     Electoral Votes
     Popular Votes

Why Keep the
Electoral College?



TV Era Impact

1960: 1st televised debate


1976: Carter vs. Ford

2004: Kerry vs. Bush



Fall 2012

1st Presidential Debate
 October 3rd
Topic: Domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
University of Denver Colorado
Moderator: Jim Lehrer
Host of PBS NewsHour

Vice-Presidential Debate
 October 11th

Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan

Topic: Foreign & domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
Location: Centre College
Danville, Kentucky
Moderator: Martha Raddatz
ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent


Presidential Debate
October 16th
Town meeting format
Topics: Foreign & domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
Moderator: Candy Crowley
CNN Chief Political Correspondent


3rd Presidential Debate
October 22nd
Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
Location: Lynn University
Boca Raton, Florida
Moderator: Bob Schieffer
Host of CBS Face the Nation 



Election Day:
November 6, 2012


Inauguration Day:
January 20, 2013

U.S. Capitol steps


U.S. Constitution: Presidential elections

2008 Election Result


2012 Primary Season - Research & Stories:

Spring, 2012  Political CALENDAR: 
Presidential Primaries/Caucuses/State Party Conventions 

Mitt Romney: " I'm not very concerned about very poor..."

New Study: Media bashes Romney regularly
and boosts horse race

Florida ex-Gov.Jeb Bush refuses to endorse a GOP candidate

Gingrich questions Romney's suitability to be president

NBC demands Romney stops using Tom Brokaw image

FOX Anchor Chris Wallace says GOP debates are 'stupid'

Newt Gingrich under fire from conservative media

Gingrich supporters write rap song


NY Times: Campaign Trail - Slideshow

Media Analysis of Candidate Websites



Engage the White House

President Obama is unopposed for
the Democratic Party nomination for president.
He should easily accumulate
2,778 party delegates needed long before the
caucus and primary season is over this spring.

The eventual Republican nominee
will need 1,144 delegates to secure the GOP
nomination for president in 2012.

January 21, 2012

State of the Union Address
White House VIDEO

Speech Transcript

Republican Response

2008: Media & Obama vs.McCain
         Class homepage four years ago



Register to VOTE


Last day to register
to vote in California

Sunday, October 21st

Party Conventions, 2012:

After all the state primaries and caucuses are completed,
late this summer the major political parties
hold their national conventions. Delegates
chosen during the spring contests gather
to formally nominate their candidates.

It's tradition the party currently in the White House
holds its convention last. The candidate
who secures the party's nomination demonstrates
leadership ability by organizing events
 for the four day party convention.

How political conventions work


Republican National Convention
Tampa Bay, Florida
Week of August 27th

Roll call of states and
Presidential Nominee Acceptance
Speech: August 30th



Democratic National Convention
Charlotte, North Carolina

Week of September 3rd

Roll call of states and
President Obama's Acceptance
Speech: September 6th

After the conventions, the nominees campaign
and face off against each other in the 2012
Presidential & Vice-Presidential
Debates, Fall 2012

held before election day in November.

U.S. Constitution:
12th Amendment


Across the country
on Election Day
ALL 435 members
of the U.S. House of Representatives
1/3rd of the 100 members
of the U.S. Senate
are up for election
along with the race
for the
White House.

Election Day  2012

November 6th

How elections work

Electoral Map

Presidential Inauguration Day:
January 20, 2013


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