March 27, 1998

Sources and Attribution in Mainstream News

Jan. 1998 Mar. 1998
2 or More Named Sources 1% 4%
1 Named Source 24% 24%
2 or More Anonymous Sources 15% 8%
1 Anonymous Source 9% 4%
Attr. to Other Media/Clinton Deposition 14% 33%
Journalist Analysis 24% 18%
Journalist Punditry 13% 8%

Story sourcing got slightly better as the Clinton-Lewinsky saga wore on as evidenced by the small rise in pieces with “2 or more named sources.”