PublicationsNovember 19, 2008

What Cable Channels Are Covering After the Election

No media sector spent more time and energy covering the Presidential race in 2008 than the cable news networks. Now that the voters have spoken, how are the big three cable news outlets filling their airtime these days?

PublicationsNovember 17, 2008

Post-Election Narrative, A Tale of Two Women

The big buzz surrounding the Obama transition last week was that once-fierce rival Hillary Clinton might become his Secretary of State. Meanwhile Sarah Palin, shielded from the press during the campaign, made up for lost time with a media blitz.

PublicationsNovember 13, 2008

Tracking the Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage in the News

On Nov. 4, Californians voted for Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in their state. That vote reversed a May California Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed. The press has followed the shifting tides of the same-sex marriage debate in California. Which key events made the most news?

PublicationsNovember 10, 2008

In Election Week, Media Pivots from Race to Rahm

The campaign press declared Barack Obama’s Nov. 4 victory a culturally transforming event, but was far less certain it was a politically transforming moment. And within days, the search for lessons had yielded to speculation about the new administration.

PublicationsNovember 6, 2008

What Sports Made The Biggest News in 2008

What was the biggest sports event of the year so far—those significant enough to jump from the sports pages to the front pages, from ESPN to Nightly News? The World Series may be bigger than many expect.

PublicationsNovember 3, 2008

Near Campaign’s End, It’s All About Numbers

In the final week of the campaign, both presidential candidates continued to pound away at each other’s economic policies. But as they examined the details of the last polls, the battlegrounds, and the strategy, the media had all but anointed a winner.

PublicationsOctober 29, 2008

The Color of News

How have different press outlets covered the 2008 general election? Do cable news channels have clear ideological differences? How does broadcast coverage compare to print? A follow up study to PEJ’s Winning the Media Campaign study focuses on the tone of coverage across media sectors and outlets.

PublicationsOctober 27, 2008

As the Candidates Head Down the Stretch, Horse Race Dominates

Colin Powell’s endorsement and Joe Biden’s gaffe were almost one-day wonders last week as the news cycle sped up in the campaign’s final days. Now, it’s battleground states and polls that seem to be capturing much of the media’s attention.

PublicationsOctober 24, 2008

The Meltdown and the Media

The U.S. economy may be facing its greatest turmoil since the Great Depression, and the financial meltdown is proving to be a complex story for journalists. What aspects of the crisis are media outlets spending the most time on?

PublicationsOctober 22, 2008

Winning the Media Campaign

With fewer than two weeks left before election day, how has the press covered the race for president? How has the tone of McCain’s coverage compared with Obama’s, or Palin’s. A new PEJ study from the conventions through the last debate offers answers.