Analysis: Our Commentaries and Backgrounders
This section, Commentaries and Backgrounders, contains our more concise research analyses, such as op eds, articles, speeches, and quick reports. These are distinguished from our more detailed empirical research studies. They are listed below in chronological order. Or you can use the menus on the left to filter our entire archive and find exactly what you want.
|March 18, 2002, Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach, The Los Angeles Times|
|For the sake of argument, put the public interest aside. Forget that broadcast airwaves are public property. Strictly in economic terms, the Walt Disney Co. got lucky when it failed to woo David Letterman to join ABC. The public nature of the Letterman embarrassment has granted Disney something rare ...|
|March 6, 2002, Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach, The Washington Post|
What's left of broadcast television journalism is at stake now, many in the business believe, in the war within the Disney Co. over whether to replace "Nightline" with the late-night comedy of David Letterman. The people who run Disney seem intent on displacing "Nightline" ...
|January 29, 2002, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, The New York Times|
Four months into the war, a review of news coverage reveals that over time Americans are getting fewer facts and more opinion -- a narrow range of opinion, at that -- from newspapers, magazines and television. At the same time, polls show the press losing a measure of the respect it had gained in ...
|May 1, 2001, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, The New York Times|
A review of the early press coverage of George W. Bush's administration reveals some unexpected and troubling features of contemporary political journalism: even the most serious newspapers in the country have pulled back dramatically on covering the presidency.
|January 1, 2001, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, The Washington Monthly|
The first presidential election of the 21st century may go down in history as the moment when campaigning disappeared into private space. Eighty years ago, radio allowed people to hear candidates by their firesides for the first time. Thirty years later, television added pictures, which transform ...
|December 27, 2000, Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach, The Los Angeles Times|
Coming from press critics, the following may strike some as out of character: We believe journalism should be praised for its work in the wild epilogue of election 2000. One reason the American people seemed calm but fascinated during the spectacle--even as they witnessed sometimes disgraceful ta ...
|November 17, 2000, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, The New York Times|
As we watch the Overtime Campaign of the 2000 election, the headache of reporting it continues. Election night, when the networks made erroneous projections about who had won, was probably the worst moment in the 50-year history of television coverage of politics. Newspapers that prematurely misc ...
|November 15, 2000, Tom Rosenstiel, The Los Angeles Times|
Add to the press' defeat in Election 2000 the latest embarrassment: The election night call declaring George W. Bush winner did not come from the news media polling group Voter News Service. It came first from the political desk of the Fox News Channel, which was being run by Bush's first ...
|September 6, 2000, Tom Rosenstiel, The New York Times|
Every four years the men who would be president squabble over the presidential debates. What format? Which journalists should ask questions? Chairs versus lecterns?
This year, however, the debate over the debates has more consequence. The four major television news networks have allowed th ...
|January 14, 2000, Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach, The New York Times|
|When Steve Case of America Online announced his purchase this week of Time Warner, he listed the new company's activities in the following order: First there was entertainment. Then there was e-commerce. Down the list a ways came journalism...|