NEW YORK (AP) — Opponents of President Barack Obama's health care plan decisively beat supporters in getting their message across through the media, according to a study released Tuesday.

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism said opponents won, in part, because their positions were sharper and easier to understand. Critics also more frequently drove the coverage, particularly when Tea Party demonstrations came to the fore.

"It was really striking," said Tom Rosenstiel, the project's director. "It wasn't close."

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