PublicationsSeptember 20, 2007

War of Words Over War in Iraq

General David Petraeus’ appearance on Capitol Hill last week helped turn the Iraq debate into one of the biggest talk topics of the year. The general may not have changed many minds in Congress, but he provided talk hosts on both sides of the political spectrum with plenty of ammunition.

PublicationsSeptember 12, 2007

Talk Hosts Sound Off on Craig and Thompson

One is a longtime senator who may be driven from office by scandal. Another is a former senator who announced his intent to seek the highest office in the land. Both were target-rich environments for the talk shows last week and both took their share of lumps. This, plus Michael Savage’s memorable Pavarotti tribute.

PublicationsAugust 30, 2007

Anti-War Sentiment Dominates Talk Airwaves

It’s been a while since the debate over Iraq policy was the nation’s top talk show topic. But the Iraq doubters drove the suddenly re-ignited conversation on the airwaves last week. Meanwhile, the strange saga of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his dog fighting operation proved a difficult topic to tackle.

PublicationsAugust 23, 2007

Genius or Villain, Rove is a Worthy Topic for Talk Hosts

The departure of the Bush Administration’s most-polarizing adviser gave talk shows plenty to talk about last week, as hosts from the left and right assessed the White House tenure of Karl Rove. But even as the aide prepared to shuffle off to Texas, the campaign was on most hosts’ minds.

PublicationsAugust 16, 2007

The Distant Election Becomes the Big News on Talk Shows

The actual vote may be 15 months away, but a loaded campaign calendar helped make last week the biggest one so far for the 2008 presidential race in talk media. No other stories really came close. One of the biggest topics in all the talk: Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton.

PublicationsAugust 2, 2007

Hosts Debate the Debate as the Campaign Dominates

Format moved to the forefront of the Talk Show universe last week. The unusual CNN/YouTube Democratic debate inspired a good deal of talk show commentary. The hosts also found time to discuss an attorney general under stress, a quarterback under arrest, and actress under duress.

PublicationsJuly 26, 2007

Gender Politics – Talk Show Style

The Senate slumber party/Iraq strategy showdown made the debate over the war the leading talk show subject last week. But the conversation about the 2008 presidential race, the second most popular topic, was driven by some pretty personal questions about the one woman in the race.

PublicationsJuly 19, 2007

Talk Hosts Turn Into “Live Earth” Reviewers

The renewed debate over U.S. strategy in Iraq was the top talk show topic last week. And the talk hosts paid plenty of attention to growing concerns about the threat posed by Al Qaeda. But it was an international concert aimed at global warming that triggered a torrent of (mostly bad) reviews.

PublicationsJuly 5, 2007

Lou Dobbs Takes a Victory Lap

The demise of the immigration bill that was so vocally opposed by so many talk hosts dominated the airwaves last week. But the nation’s radio and cable talkers were also interested in Paris Hilton’s freedom, the grisly murder/suicide spree of a pro wrestler and a nasty dustup between the wife of a Democratic presidential hopeful and a controversial conservative commentator.

PublicationsJune 28, 2007

Bloomberg and Clinton Top the Talkers’ Agenda

The race for the White House was easily the most discussed story on the radio and cable talk shows last week. But the debate over the hotly contested immigration bill also bubbled over on the airwaves. And one of the top talk topics even involved a call for more political diversity along the radio dial.