Talk Show Index: A Content Analysis of Opinion Programming
This section contains the complete archive of all the PEJ Talk Show Indexes. They are published below in chronological order, but our archive is also searchable. Use the key word search on the left to find reports about specific news events.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: October 11, 2007|
|While the rest of the media were focused on
private security contractors in Iraq last week, the cable and radio talk hosts spent their
time continuing to argue over a controversial phrase by Rush Limbaugh. Plus,
another remnant of the Anna Nicole Smith saga makes the top-10 list.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: October 4, 2007|
|Yes, newsmakers like Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton were major topics in
talk media last week. But it was two of the hosts themselves, Rush Limbaugh and
Bill O’Reilly, who inspired some of the most passion.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: September 27, 2007|
The Simpson arrest and Hillary Clinton’s health care
proposal proved irresistible fodder for the talk show universe last week. Plus,
why some newsmakers—like Dan Rather and Alan Greenspan—got more attention on
talk shows than in the general news coverage.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: September 20, 2007|
|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.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: September 12, 2007|
|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.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 30, 2007|
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.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 23, 2007|
|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.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 16, 2007|
|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.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 2, 2007|
|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.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: July 26, 2007|
|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.