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- 01/03/08--16:00: The Media Verdict on the Iowa Caucuses is Loud and Clear
- 01/08/08--16:00: New Hampshire Teaches National News Media a Lesson
- 01/18/17--10:56: Trump, Clinton Voters Divided in Their Main Source for Election News
The media were busy anointing winners after the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. And the theme of change and surprise also resonated throughout much of the commentary. But a PEJ look at the caucus post-mortems finds that perhaps the most distinct aspect of the coverage was the certainty that something major had occurred that night in Iowa.
It wasn’t quite “Dewey Defeats Truman,” but after the Jan. 8 Granite State primary confounded many of the pollsters and pundits, one of the key story lines that emerged in coverage of the McCain and Clinton victories was the media’s proclivity to predict and pre-analyze the results.
Trump voters named one source more than any other as their main source of election news, whereas Clinton voters were spread across an array of sources.