February 18, 1998

Attribution and Sourcing by News Genre

Named Sources Multiple Unnamed Sources Single Unnamed Source Other Media Journalist Analysis Journalist Punditry
Newspapers 36% 26% 12% 12% 12% 3%
Magazines 23% 9% 5% 8% 41% 16%
Evening News 23% 19% 7% 6% 32% 13%
Morning News 20% 9% 10% 21% 22% 18%
Sunday Shows 27% 4% 3% 11% 15% 40%
Prime Time Magazines 21% 3% 7% 12% 42% 16%
Nightly Talk Shows 10% 3% 7% 27% 10% 43%
Nightline 35% 8% 15% 17% 8% 17%

Newspapers and Nightline did the best job of using named sources in their reportage curing the Clinton-Lewinsky saga. Nightly talk shows cited named sources the least.