PublicationsJuly 27, 2000

Evidence for Bush Coasting on Family Ties

In the 2000 campaign then-Gov. George W. Bush’s “riding the ties to his family” was a frequent story theme, but the stories most often cited no evidence for it.

PublicationsJuly 27, 2000

Evidence Used by Various Sources

In the 2000 campaign the biggest source of “evidence” cited for or against a candidate was the public record, things like public statements.

PublicationsJuly 27, 2000

Gore Character Themes

The most common story theme for then-Vice President Al Gore’s campaign in 2000 dealt with Gore being “scandal-tainted” and Gore being a “liar.”

PublicationsApril 10, 2000

ePolitics

The first-ever study of online coverage of the presidential election found that many of the most popular online portals do not live up to the promise of the Internet as a gateway to new, unfiltered and diverse information about politics.

PublicationsApril 10, 2000

Sourcing of Online Lead Stories

More than 50 percent of the online leads PEJ examined contained at least five sources.

PublicationsApril 10, 2000

Lead Stories Linking to Unfiltered Information

MSNBC led all the studied on-line sites in links to unfiltered information, such as the verbatim text of a candidate's speech or an official campaign policy statement.

PublicationsApril 10, 2000

Framing of Lead Stories

MSNBC led all the studied on-line sites in links to unfiltered information, such as the verbatim text of a candidate's speech or an official campaign policy statement.

PublicationsApril 10, 2000

In the Public Interest?

In the first months of the 2000 presidential campaign straight news stories were the most common type of election story citizens found in the news media.

PublicationsMarch 1, 2000

Local TV News Project 1999

For all the "I-Team" graphics and driving music, enterprise reporting — the serious, proactive journalism that local TV so heavily promotes — is dropping precipitously.

PublicationsFebruary 3, 2000

Triggers for Early Campaign Coverage

Early in the 2000 presidential campaign the primary trigger for stories about the election was the press itself.