March 27, 1998

Sources and Attribution by News Genre, March 5 and March 6

Named Sources Multiple Unnamed Sources Single Unnamed Source Other Media* Journalist Analysis Journalist Punditry
Newspapers 32% 8% 3% 36% 19% 2%
Morning News 23% 6% 1% 42% 17% 11%
Evening News 31% 18% 9% 16% 16% 11%
Print Magazines 19% 6% 10% 21% 21% 23%
AP Wire 34% 8% 3% 44% 10% 0%
PBS NewsHour 28% 0% 0% 43% 21% 7%
Tabloids 41% 12% 9% 9% 18% 11%

Interestingly, tabloid media outlets did a better job of using named sources than mainstream outlets did in a March 1998 sample of coverage of the Clinton-Lewinsky saga.