News Index: Our Weekly Content Analysis
This section contains the complete archive of all the PEJ News Coverage 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: September 8, 2009|
|Thanks to speculation about Barack Obama’s crucial September 9 speech, the health care debate was, once again, the week’s leading story. But press attention more generally was split among a series of significant events, both at home and abroad.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 31, 2009|
|The passing of the last of the fabled Kennedy brothers easily led last week’s news agenda and generated a host of storylines. And for the first time in more than a month, the fractious health care debate was relegated to the sidelines.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 24, 2009|
|The fight over health care legislation continued to dominate the news, but with a narrative twist that was tough on Barack Obama. And a crucial election kept the spotlight on Afghanistan, a conflict increasingly showing up in the headlines.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 17, 2009|
|Coverage of the debate over health care policy increased dramatically, dominating the news agenda last week. But with contentious shouting matches and overheated rhetoric driving the narrative, America’s news consumers may have gotten more heat than light.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 10, 2009|
|Last week, the health care debate remained the lead story as talk hosts argued about whether the confrontations between protestors and politicians were genuine or choreographed. And thanks to a dramatic prisoner release in North Korea, a former president made almost as much news as the current one.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 3, 2009|
The polarizing debate over
health care policy was the No. 1 story for the second week in a row—with much
of the coverage focused on the implications for Barack Obama. Meanwhile, economic
news took a turn for the optimistic and the “birthers” got 15 minutes (and
maybe more) in the media spotlight.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: July 27, 2009|
the political battle over health care legislation intensifying in Washington, that subject
generated its highest level of coverage, by far, last week. But a remark by the
president at the end of his health care press conference quickly changed the
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: July 20, 2009|
|The media geared up for fireworks and drama when senators questioned Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee. But the narrative turned out very differently. And coverage of the economic crisis seems stuck in a predictable pattern.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: July 10, 2009|
|As has been the case since his death, Michael Jackson dominated the headlines last week—with his July 7 memorial service as the major newsmaker. And while the struggling economy continued to generate attention, the No. 3 story was the ongoing press buzz over the outgoing Alaska Governor.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: July 7, 2009|
|There were major events at home and abroad last week. But the media spotlight remained on the “King of Pop” as the story expanded from recollections of his career and tributes from his fans to a series of medical, legal and possibly even criminal issues.|