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: February 8, 2007|
|The nation’s radio and cable talk shows can’t resist talking about the blockbuster hot button issues like Iraq and the presidential campaign. But on subjects ranging from global warming and tensions with Iran to the Scooter Libby trial and the death of Molly Ivins, the talk conversation is very much shaped by the hosts’ own agendas. |
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: February 5, 2007|
|The deteriorating conflict in Iraq was still the leading story line in the news last week. But the media were also tested by a terror false alarm, a major campaign trail gaffe, lethal weather, and the tragic death of a great athlete, according to the PEJ News Coverage Index.|
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: January 31, 2007|
The cable talkers didn’t have much to say about the State of the Union address, and the liberal hosts didn’t weigh in on Clinton’s presidential bid. But war and politics still managed to dominate the talk show agenda last week—even more so than the overall news coverage.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: January 29, 2007|
The increasingly crowded 2008 presidential field and the intensifying political battle over Iraq competed with President Bush’s State of the Union Address for media attention last week. But the PEJ index of the news also reveals that a series of smoldering global hotspots are now attracting more coverage.
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: January 24, 2007|
|It may come as no surprise that the president’s Iraq strategy was the hottest topic on cable and radio talk shows last week. But the second edition of the PEJ Talk Show Index also reveals that the idea of a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton battle for Democratic hearts and minds got tongues wagging and pundits pontificating. |
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: January 22, 2007|
|The continuing debate over the president’s strategy for Iraq kept that subject atop PEJ’s News Coverage Index for the week of January 14-19. But the tale of kidnapped Missouri boys, a nasty blast of winter, and the Barack Obama bandwagon also generated major coverage in a busy and varied news week. |
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: January 17, 2007|
|While the President’s plan to commit 22,000 more troops to Iraq dominated the media agenda last week, it was an even bigger story in the radio and cable talk show universe, according to the first edition of the new PEJ Talk Show Index. From Rush Limbaugh to Keith Olbermann, talk hosts across the political spectrum weighed in on the surge, mirroring the raging debate in Washington and throughout the country. |
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: January 15, 2007|
|President Bush's decision to send more troops to Iraq, and the reaction from Capitol Hill to Baghdad, overwhelmed virtually every other event in the media last week. The only non-Iraq stories to crack PEJ's News Coverage Index Top 5 last week were the Democrats in Congress and U.S. military strikes in Somalia.|
|Source: PEJ Research; Date Posted: January 8, 2007|
|Nancy Pelosi's swearing in as the first female Speaker of the House turned the Congressional transfer of power into the top story of the inaugural edition of PEJ's weekly News Coverage Index. Gerald Ford's funeral, the policy debate in Iraq, and Saddam Hussein's hanging also were among the top stories in the American news media the first week of 2007.|