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: July 19, 2007|
|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.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: July 5, 2007|
|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
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: June 28, 2007|
|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.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: June 21, 2007|
|The impassioned debate on the talk airwaves
wouldn’t go away last week as the once-imperiled immigration bill appeared to
get a new life. And that had some conservative hosts putting former GOP allies
on their enemies list. The talkers were also more interested in HBO’s gang wars
than the Hamas-Fatah battles.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: June 14, 2007|
The race for the White House was the most popular talk show
story last week and Paris Hilton’s unscheduled release from jail was also a hot
topic. But the big news may have been the Senate’s failure to pass an immigration
measure, an event that seemed like a victory for a number of talk hosts.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: June 7, 2007|
|The cable and radio talk shows were buzzing
about Hillary Clinton, Fred Thompson, and even Michelle Obama last week. And
they were still on the offensive on the new immigration bill. But for all its
many angles, the saga of the young tuberculosis-infected lawyer attracted only
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: May 31, 2007|
|The debates over immigration policy and Iraq war strategy were the most popular topics on cable and radio talk shows last week. The 2008 presidential race also attracted lots of attention, again. But two nasty political tiffs got on the talkers’ radar screen as well.|
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: May 25, 2007|
|If Capitol Hill was divided over the compromise agreement on a new immigration bill, the talk show world seemed to answer with one unified voice. And that answer was “Boo!” Meanwhile, there’s continued unease about the makeup of the Republican presidential field, and Jerry Falwell’s death wasn’t that big a story.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: May 17, 2007|
|The Fort Dix terror plot, the Attorney General’s Congressional appearance, French presidential elections, and the Iraq debate all seized top space in the universe of talk media last week. But what you heard, or whether you heard anything at all, depended on who was doing the talking.|
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: May 10, 2007|
The talk shows were not shy about picking winners and (especially) losers at last week’s Republican face-off in California. And while the sex scandal involving a D.C. escort service managed to divide the talk hosts along ideological lines, a former CIA director’s book tour actually achieved the rare feat of bringing them together.