PublicationsNovember 19, 2001

Before And After

The war on terrorism has caused a colossal shift in the news people see on network television.

PublicationsNovember 19, 2001

Before and After

Between 1977 and 1997, the news agenda of the three network evening newscasts became what journalists would traditionally call "softer."

PublicationsNovember 19, 2001

Before and After

The topic agenda of network morning news, which favored lifestyle and celebrity in the months before September 11, 2001, changed dramatically in the month after. It would not remain so.

PublicationsNovember 19, 2001

Before and After

Subract the commercials, the teases for upcoming stories, the promos for other network shows, the local news inserts and the segments that are selling products or doing cross promotions, and only just over half the two hours of network news shows is left for news content–be it a cooking segment …

PublicationsNovember 19, 2001

Before and After

CBS' morning news program was the most likely to promote products of its parent company, Viacom of any of the network morning news in 2001. Good Morning America on ABC, owned by Disney, was next. The No. 1 rated Today show on NBC, whose parent company is General Electric, engaged in such s …

PublicationsNovember 19, 2001

Before and After

This chart shows how often networks offered a disclosure when promoting a parent company's product. In June 2001 there were a total of 27 parent company products; in October 2001 there were 20 parent company products appearing on morning news programs.

PublicationsNovember 1, 2001

Local TV News Project 2001

Local newsrooms beset by sponsor interference, budget cuts, layoffs, and added programming.

PublicationsMay 1, 2001

The Unexamined Presidency

A review of the early press coverage of George W. Bush's administration reveals some unexpected and troubling features of contemporary political journalism: even the most serious newspapers in the country have pulled back dramatically on covering the presidency.

PublicationsApril 30, 2001

The First 100 Days

The media framed its early coverage of George W. Bush largely around policy and was less likely to see the new President through a tactical lens than was true eight years earlier of Bill Clinton. 

PublicationsApril 30, 2001

The First 100 Days

Media assessments of Bush in his first two months in office were strikingly positive when the subject was his character. When the subject turned to ideology, while coverage was more neutral than not, the tone became more negative.