March 27, 1998

The Clinton Crisis and the Press – A Second Look

News Tabloids
“Rumors…” 4% 7%
“Sources said…” 23% 30%
“Outlet has learned…” 20% 3%
“Sources familiar with…” 16% 9%
Job characterized 13% 17%
Bias characterized 17% 30%
Other 8% 4%

From the PEJ study "The Clinton Crisis and the Press: A Second Look." This chart shows how anonymous sources were described or characterized in news stories about the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal that appeared over three days in 1998: January 23, March 5, and March 6.