Election Rewind: June 2015

One of the questions that has come up from our ET Live! discussions about the 2020 elections is, 

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  1. You and Rusty are on to something good Ben.
    But you were joking about the “impartial media” comment, right?
    If not, then please help me understand how the “not-so-impartial media “ doesn’t lose credibility and thus the ability to establish common knowledge. I think I might be missing something basic in your work.

  2. Yes, I was joking. :slight_smile:

  3. Thank you for doing this, Rusty (and Ben)!
    Well hindsight is 20/20 (2020?) but this data is actually surprising to me. My recollection is that Trump had maximum attention but terrible sentiment. Seeing Ben Carson up there as well is another surprise. Maybe I was ingesting too much Daily Show and too little Fox News to realize this was happening, though.

  4. You’re not remembering incorrectly, I think, as things did change over time. But before Carson was falling asleep on stage, he really was seen as the very compelling, brilliant surgeon he was, and not the odd, slightly unsettling character he ended up being tagged with in most late-primary narratives. Trump’s coverage sentiment DID decline much closer to the end, but I think it would be fairer to say that it diverged and became bi-modal, not dissimilar from his post-election narrative structure.

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