March 27, 1998

Level of Sourcing in Associated Press Reporting

Named Sources Multiple Unnamed Sources Single Unnamed Source Other Media* Journalist Analysis Journalist Punditry
Jan. 1998 61% 7% 11% 7% 12% 2%
Mar. 1998 34% 8% 3% 44% 10% 0%
All Stories 51% 8% 8% 21% 11% 1%

The Associated Press relied less on named sources in its coverage of the Clinton sex scandal six weeks after it began the news agency did in the first controversial days.