Viciously negative’ news coverage of Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign yields him only four positive stories in 12 weeks

One political bout looms large on the radar at the moment: the Virginia governor’s race between former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe – a longtime friend and associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton – and Republican Ken Cuccinelli, currently the state’s attorney general.

Mr. McAuliffe has won the media’s protection, apparently.

A new study of major newspapers in the state finds the GOP candidate got rough treatment from the press compared to his Democratic counterpart: Mr. Cuccinelli earned just four positive stories vs. 95 negative ones, a whopping 24-to-1 margin. So says a new analysis by the Media Research Center which reviewed 405 news stories, editorials and columns that appeared June 12 through August 31.

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