In the 2012 campaign for president, the news cycle has been replaced by the gaffe cycle.
Back in the day, and even four years ago, certain signature events all but guaranteed a full 24-hours of political press coverage. Win a primary campaign, dominate a televised debate, announce a major endorsement or deliver a policy address, and a candidate would be rewarded. The newspapers would front the event in the morning, the talk-radio and cable news shows would discuss the event during the day, and the network news programs would wrap it all up at the end of the day. For big moments, the weekly magazines and weekend news roundups would keep it in the headlines.
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