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Ron Paul really has been ignored by the media, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The above chart expresses news stories about each candidate across print and broadcast from May 2 - Aug. 14, using Pew's in-house computer algorithm. Pew describes its methodology accordingly:

The outlets studied come from the five main sectors of mainstream media--print, network TV, cable, online, and radio. They include evening and morning network news, several hours of daytime and prime time cable news each day, newspapers from around the country, the top online news sites, and radio, including headlines, long form programs and talk. In all, the Index sample includes a weekly average of 900 stories from 52 outlets (27 to 30 each week-day with some rotation), every Monday through Sunday. ...

The News Coverage Index was designed by PEJ Director Tom Rosenstiel and Deputy Director Amy Mitchell and an advisory team of nine academic and commercial researchers over the course of two years. It required the creation of proprietary software and a new website.

Chart credit: Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism

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