Indexes: Our Weekly Content Analysis
This section contains the complete archive of all PEJ 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: August 13, 2007|
|The fate of six miners trapped 1,500 feet underground followed two storylines last week as rescuers rushed against time and the mine company owner took his case to the public. But three presidential debates and the Iowa straw poll pushed the 2008 presidential campaign in the top spot.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: August 6, 2007|
|The deadly collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis last week quickly became one of the most heavily covered events of the year so far. And while it was the top story in every medium, coverage was particularly intense on cable TV, where officials, rescuers and even some victims told their stories.
|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 30, 2007|
The foreign policy sparring between Hillary Clinton and
Barack Obama helped make the 2008 campaign the biggest story last week. And
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ troubles continue to make headlines. But
what’s behind the recent outbreak of terrorism scares in mainstream news
|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.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: July 23, 2007|
|Whether silly political stagecraft or a sly legislative tactic, the Senate’s all-nighter helped make the Iraq policy debate the biggest news story of the week. At the same time, there were also ominous warnings on the terror front. And YouTube inserted itself smack into the middle of the 2008 campaign coverage.
|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 16, 2007|
|After dominating news coverage for the first three months of the year, the disagreement over U.S. strategy in Iraq took a back seat in recent weeks to such topics as the presidential campaign and the battle over immigration. But what happened last week in Washington re-ignited old passions and re-engaged the press.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: July 9, 2007|
|President Bush triggered a major political
brouhaha when he commuted the sentence of Lewis “Scooter” Libby. And the campaign
fundraising numbers brought good and bad tidings to various presidential contenders.
But a surprising twist in the U.K. terror saga dominated the media agenda last
|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