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Newspeople have love affair with these freshmen in Congress

Posted By Drew Zahn On 09/19/2011 @ 9:19 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled


Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.

According to a new study, three of the 94 freshmen representatives elected to Congress in 2010 gobble up over one-third of the media’s coverage given to the newcomers, while one rising star – Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. – has almost 20 percent of the coverage all to himself.

The study of the House’s “most buzzworthy freshmen” was conducted by Smart Politics, a non-partisan political news site founded by Dr. Eric Ostermeier of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The study analyzed the contents of Lexis/Nexis news transcripts from ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and NPR.

Rep. West came in as the clear winner of “most buzzworthy,” interviewed or mentioned in 222 news broadcasts since January of this year, or 17.9 percent of all media stories on freshmen representatives.

Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., came in second, with 12.0 percent of the coverage, while Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., came in third, with 3.6 percent.

Notably, West and Scott are the only two black Republicans serving in either chamber of the 112th Congress.

 

So who wasn’t deemed “buzzworthy” by the news media?

Freshmen Democrats have received little attention in comparison to their Republican counterparts, as the top-ranking “buzzworthy” Democrat, Rep. Karen Bass, Calif., came in 11th, with only 18 mentions since January. Of the 94 congressional freshmen studied, only Rep. John Carney, a Democrat from Delaware, has been completely shut out of coverage by the national networks.

“The approximately seven-dozen GOP House freshmen have appeared or been mentioned in an average of 14 news broadcasts each,” Ostermeier writes in summation of his group’s study, “compared to just eight mentions [on average] for the nine new Democrats.”

Smart Politics also broke down the coverage by network, discovering West the most “buzzworthy” on Fox News (mentioned in 101 broadcasts), NPR (32 broadcasts), CBS (13) and ABC (6). Rep. Walsh bested West for the most coverage on CNN (61 to 36) and MSNBC (39 to 34).

A chart created by Smart Politics to illustrate the results of its study can be seen below:

Number of National Broadcasts Mentioning or Interviewing U.S. House Freshmen in 2011

Rank
Representative
District
Party
Broadcasts
Percent
1
Allen West
FL-22
GOP
222
17.9
2
Joe Walsh
IL-08
GOP
148
12.0
3
Tim Scott
SC-01
GOP
45
3.6
4
Sean Duffy
WI-07
GOP
38
3.1
5
Michael Grimm
NY-13
GOP
27
2.2
6
Ben Quayle
AZ-03
GOP
26
2.1
7
Kristi Noem
SD-AL
GOP
25
2.0
8
Adam Kinzinger
IL-11
GOP
22
1.8
9
Mick Mulvaney
SC-05
GOP
21
1.7
10
Mike Kelly
PA-03
GOP
20
1.6
11
Karen Bass
CA-33
Democrat
18
1.5
11
Trey Gowdy
SC-04
GOP
18
1.5
13
Lou Barletta
PA-11
GOP
17
1.4
13
Mo Brooks
AL-05
GOP
17
1.4
13
Renee Ellmers
NC-02
GOP
17
1.4
13
Nan Hayworth
NY-19
GOP
17
1.4
13
Bill Huizenga
MI-02
GOP
17
1.4
18
Paul Gosar
AZ-01
GOP
16
1.3
18
Frank Guinta
NH-01
GOP
16
1.3
18
Raul Labrador
ID-01
GOP
16
1.3
18
David Schweikert
AZ-05
GOP
16
1.3
18
Frederica Wilson
FL-17
Democrat
16
1.3
23
Daniel Webster
FL-08
GOP
14
1.1
24
Charlie Bass*
NH-02
GOP
13
1.1
24
Blake Farenthold
TX-27
GOP
13
1.1
24
Mike Fitzpatrick*
PA-08
GOP
13
1.1
24
Tim Huelskamp
KS-01
GOP
13
1.1
28
Billy Long
MO-07
GOP
12
1.0
29
Hansen Clarke
MI-13
Democrat
11
0.9
29
Chip Cravaack
MN-08
GOP
11
0.9
29
Tim Griffin
AR-02
GOP
11
0.9
29
James Lankford
OK-05
GOP
11
0.9
29
Cedric Richmond
LA-02
Democrat
11
0.9
29
Bobby Schilling
IL-17
GOP
11
0.9
35
Ann Marie Buerkle
NY-25
GOP
10
0.8
35
Jeff Denham
CA-19
GOP
10
0.8
35
Andy Harris
MD-01
GOP
10
0.8
35
Vicky Hartzler
MO-04
GOP
10
0.8
35
Joe Heck
NV-03
GOP
10
0.8
35
Pat Meehan
PA-07
GOP
10
0.8
35
Mike Pompeo
KS-04
GOP
10
0.8
42
Jeff Duncan
SC-03
GOP
9
0.7
43
Diane Black
TN-06
GOP
8
0.6
43
Stephen Fincher
TN-08
GOP
8
0.6
43
Steve Pearce*
NM-02
GOP
8
0.6
43
Dennis Ross
FL-12
GOP
8
0.6
43
Steve Southerland
FL-02
GOP
8
0.6
43
Scott Tipton
CO-03
GOP
8
0.6
43
Tim Walberg*
MI-07
GOP
8
0.6
50
Colleen Hanabusa
HA-01
Democrat
7
0.6
50
Jeff Landry
LA-03
GOP
7
0.6
50
Austin Scott
GA-08
GOP
7
0.6
53
Justin Amash
MI-03
GOP
6
0.5
53
Steve Chabot*
OH-01
GOP
6
0.5
53
Reid Ribble
WI-08
GOP
6
0.5
53
David Rivera
FL-25
GOP
6
0.5
53
Steve Womack
AR-03
GOP
6
0.5
53
Rob Woodall
GA-07
GOP
6
0.5
59
Rick Berg
ND-AL
GOP
5
0.4
59
Bill Flores
TX-17
GOP
5
0.4
59
Chris Gibson
NY-20
GOP
5
0.4
59
Randy Hultgren
IL-14
GOP
5
0.4
59
Rich Nugent
FL-05
GOP
5
0.4
59
Steven Palazzo
MS-04
GOP
5
0.4
59
Kevin Yoder
KS-03
GOP
5
0.4
66
Robert Dold
IL-10
GOP
4
0.3
66
Cory Gardner
CO-04
GOP
4
0.3
66
Bill Johnson
OH-06
GOP
4
0.3
66
Tom Marino
PA-10
GOP
4
0.3
66
Todd Rokita
IN-04
GOP
4
0.3
66
Todd Young
IN-09
GOP
4
0.3
72
Sandy Adams
FL-24
GOP
3
0.2
72
Dan Benishek
MI-01
GOP
3
0.2
72
Francisco Canseco
TX-23
GOP
3
0.2
72
David Cicilline
RH-01
Democrat
3
0.2
72
Jamie Herrera Beutler
WA-03
GOP
3
0.2
72
Bill Keating
MA-10
Democrat
3
0.2
72
David McKinley
WV-01
GOP
3
0.2
72
Scott Rigell
VA-02
GOP
3
0.2
72
Martha Roby
AL-02
GOP
3
0.2
72
Terri Sewell
AL-07
Democrat
3
0.2
82
Larry Bucshon
IN-08
GOP
2
0.2
82
Rick Crawford
AR-01
GOP
2
0.2
82
Scott DesJarlais
TN-04
GOP
2
0.2
82
Morgan Griffith
VA-09
GOP
2
0.2
82
Richard Hanna
NY-24
GOP
2
0.2
87
Chuck Fleischmann
TN-03
GOP
1
0.1
87
Bob Gibbs
OH-18
GOP
1
0.1
87
Robert Hurt
VA-05
GOP
1
0.1
87
Alan Nunnelee
MS-01
GOP
1
0.1
87
Jim Renacci
OH-16
GOP
1
0.1
87
Jon Runyan
NJ-03
GOP
1
0.1
87
Steve Stivers
OH-15
GOP
1
0.1
94
John Carney
DL-AL
Democrat
0
0.0
 
Total
 
 
1,238
100.0

Broadcast mentions through September 17, 2011 from transcripts on Lexis/Nexis of ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and NPR. * Previously served in the U.S. House prior to the 112th Congress. Note: Does not include Republicans Tom Reed (NY-29) and Marlin Stutzman (IN-03) who were elected in November 2010 but took office via special election at that time. Also does not include Democrats Kathy Hochul (NY-26) and Janice Hahn (CA-36) who won special elections in May 2011 and July 2011 respectively. Table compiled by Smart Politics.



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