Anna Nicole Smith – Anatomy of a Feeding Frenzy
How did the sad saga of the Playmate/heiress become one of the biggest stories in America in the 23 days from her death to her burial? A PEJ report on the media’s role in the Smith episode finds that the coverage wasn’t as widespread as you might think. Still, some outlets couldn’t seem to get enough of the tabloid tale.
The Whole World is Reading
A two-year-old experiment in shrinking the global village, Global Voices features bloggers who often write about parts of the world that are ignored by the mainstream media. In this PEJ interview, co-founder Ethan Zuckerman talks about the promise of the blogosphere and some of the problems with traditional journalism.
Headlines of Several Minds on Iraq Report
What was the treatment of the eagerly awaited Iraq Study Group report across the nation's front pages? To find out, PEJ looked at nearly 200 headlines from Dec. 7, the day after its release. While there wasn’t much good news to tout, these editors seemed almost evenly divided over whether to highlight the report’s critique of the administration or its prescription for change in Iraq.
Few Runs, Few Hits, Fewer Viewers
Baseball's Fall Classic has not been a hit with TV viewers in recent years. In the last 20 years World Series ratings have fallen by more than 50% so that it now only averages one quarter of the audience of the Super Bowl. And through two games, the 2006 Series is the lowest-rated ever.
Bloggers Hit the Campaign Trail at What Cost?
Many of those in the blogosphere see themselves as watchdogs arrayed against an insular political establishment dominated by consultants, interests groups, and the mainstream media. But with bloggers taking an increasingly active role in some of the key 2006 political races, are they sacrificing that independence to become part of the system they decry?
The Debate Effect
A PEJ study on how the press covered the pivotal period of the 2004 Presidential Campaign.
PEJ examines how the Lynch saga grew and changed in the media over time.
Why Has TV Stopped Covering Politics?
Typical questions used by TV consultants are poorly designed. Asking questions differently reveals an overwhelming interest in learning about politics.
The War on Terrorism
The news Americans see on network television has softened considerably since 2001l, to the point that it looks more like it did before the terrorist attacks than immediately after.
Return to Normalcy?
Over time the press is inching back toward pre-September 11th norms of behavior.