For Obama during this period, just over a third of the stories were clearly positive in tone (36%), while a similar number (35%) were neutral or mixed. A smaller number (29%) were negative.
For McCain, by comparison, nearly six-in-ten stories studied were decidedly negative in nature (57%), while fewer than two-in-ten (14%) were positive.
Journalism.org shows that Palin, unlike what the media likes to report, has not been a drag on the McCain/Palin ticket at all:
As for Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, her coverage had an up and down trajectory, moving from quite positive, to very negative, to more mixed. What drove that tone toward a more unfavorable light was probing her public record and her encounters with the press. Little of her trouble came from coverage of her personal traits or family issues. In the end, she also received less than half the coverage of either presidential nominee, though about triple that of her vice presidential counterpart, Joe Biden.
The findings suggest that, in the end, Palin’s portrayal in the press was not the major factor hurting McCain. Her coverage, while tilting negative, was far more positive than her running mate’s.
Thanks to reader Kim R, we also see that despite the media's obvious attempts to harm John McCain in favor of Barack Obama, the IBD/TIPP Tracking Poll, which in 2004, the Final Certified Results for TIPP showed them to be the "most accurate pollster of the campaign season", has the polling numbers far closer than has been reported to date.
IBD/TIPP Poll shows a sudden tightening of Obama's lead to 3.7 from 6.0. McCain has picked up 3 points in the West and with independents, married women and those with some college. He's also gaining momentum in the suburbs, where he's gone from dead even a week ago to a 20-point lead.
Looks like despite the media trying to insist to everyone that the race is over, the voters and respondents of the polls know the media is in the tank for Obama according to another Pew Research piece titled "Most Voters Say News Media Wants Obama to Win."
Voters overwhelmingly believe that the media wants Barack Obama to win the presidential election. By a margin of 70%-9%, Americans say most journalists want to see Obama, not John McCain, win on Nov. 4. Another 8% say journalists don't favor either candidate, and 13% say they don't know which candidate most reporters support.
Get out and vote, it does count. The voters are on to the media's game, their bias and their lies.