Jul. 25, 2012

On Twitter, Verdict on Paterno Unchanged by Freeh Report, NCAA

The conversation on Twitter about the Penn State scandal has shifted focus over the last month from the man convicted of sexual abuse to the school and then to the NCAA. But one constant in the conversation has not budged—views of Joe Paterno.

Mar. 30, 2012

How Blogs, Twitter and Mainstream Media Have Handled the Trayvon Martin Case

It took several weeks after the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin before the story exploded in the media. A new PEJ report reveals how social and mainstream media platforms focused on different elements of the controversy and how ideology influenced coverage on the cable and radio talk shows.

Feb. 7, 2012

On Twitter, Still Tough Going for Komen

After the furor over its decision to defund Planned Parenthood, the Susan G. Komen foundation reversed course and a key official resigned.

Jul. 20, 2011

FNC trails far behind rivals in Murdoch coverage

The scandal rocking Rupert Murdoch’s media empire—as well as the highest circles of British politics and law enforcement—has been a major story in the U.S. news media for two weeks. But how has Murdoch’s cable news channel here covered the story? A PEJ examination has some answers.

Jul. 20, 2011

The Wall Street Journal under Rupert Murdoch

Although the scandal enveloping Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has focused on his British properties, it has also put News Corp’s. U.S. outlets under a brighter spotlight—particularly the prestigious Wall Street Journal he acquired by purchasing Dow Jones for $5 billion in 2007.
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Jul. 15, 2011

What Does Murdoch Own in the U.S.?

The recent scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s news operations in the United Kingdom, and news of new FBI investigation in the U.S., raises questions about whether or not the controversy will spread to his American holdings. What media properties does Murdoch own in America? PEJ offers details.

Jul. 26, 2010

The Reconstruction of a Media Mess

The Shirley Sherrod saga started with a video posted online and ended with a flurry of finger pointing.  In a special report, PEJ reconstructs a chronology of how the story reverberated around the media echo chamber before dramatically changing course. And this week’s News Coverage Index finds that the tale of the USDA employee prematurely forced out of her job was the No. 2 story in the news agenda.

Jun. 11, 2010

The Pope Meets the Press

The Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal is making headlines again at a level not seen since 2002, according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Find out more about the scandal’s resurgence in Europe, coverage in the U.S. media and intense media scrutiny on the pope himself.

Dec. 6, 2007

Terrorism, Tight Credit, and Tragedies Emerge in the News in Third Quarter

The Iraq policy debate re-emerged as the No. 1 story, replacing the campaign, in the third quarter, according to a detailed analysis of PEJ’s News Coverage Index. But terror fears, a troubled economy, and man-made disasters also grabbed the media’s attention. So too, did the three top newsmakers who ran afoul of the law.

Aug. 9, 2007

How Did The Media React to Bonds’ Blast?

San Francisco Giant slugger Barry Bonds became baseball’s all-time home run king on Aug 7. But allegations of steroid use have triggered a fierce debate in the sports world over the meaning and validity of his record. A PEJ evaluation of the coverage in more than 40 newspapers sheds some light on the sportswriters’ response to Bonds’ feat.