Analysis: Our Studies, Commentaries and Backgrounders
This section, Analysis, is the complete archive of all the research studies, commentaries, background reports, articles, or speeches PEJ has published. They are listed below in chronological order, but our archive is also searchable. Use the menus on the left to filter the contents and find exactly what you want.
|November 19, 2001|
The war on terrorism has caused a colossal shift in the news people see on network television.
|November 1, 2001|
Local newsrooms beset by sponsor interference, budget cuts, layoffs, and added programming.
|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.
|April 30, 2001|
Did George W. Bush really get an easier ride from the media in his first months in office?
|March 15, 2001|
| How the press covered the campaign, from New Hampshire to the home stretch.|
|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 ...
|October 31, 2000|
In the closing weeks of the presidential race, coverage was strikingly negative, and Vice President Al Gore got the worst of it. In contrast, George W. Bush was twice as likely as Gore to get coverage that was positive in tone, more issue-oriented and more likely to be directly connected to citizens.