PublicationsApril 28, 2009

Obama’s First 100 Days

How have the news media covered the early days of the Obama presidency? How does that coverage stack up against that of his predecessors? A new study examines the tone and focus of Obama’s media narrative and how compares it to Bill Clinton’s and George Bush’s.

PublicationsSeptember 19, 2008

How the Media Have Handled Palin’s Religious Faith

Since being named to the GOP ticket by John McCain, Sarah Palin has generated extensive coverage of many aspects of her background, her record in public office and her family life. But what are voters learning from the media about the Alaska Governor’s religious faith and beliefs?

PublicationsSeptember 15, 2008

McCain vs. Obama on the Web

The 2008 race for the White House has been dubbed the first Internet election. What presence have the candidates established online? Has one taken more advantage of this new platform? A new PEJ study examines John McCain and Barack Obama’s Web sites to assess the online campaign.

PublicationsMay 29, 2008

Character and the Primaries of 2008

What were the dominant personal narratives conveyed in media coverage of the presidential candidates? Which contenders fared best in the press and how critical was that coverage in influencing public opinion? How did those candidate story lines change over time? A new PEJ study of the 2008 primary season examines these questions.

PublicationsJanuary 25, 2007

Newspapers See a President Seeking a Last Chance

How did the press cover the President’s State of the Union address? Did it emphasize his domestic policy agenda or did Iraq policy grab the headlines? Did the media focus on his appeal for another chance on Iraq or his defiance on that subject? A PEJ review of front-page headlines on the day after finds the answers.

PublicationsDecember 18, 2006

The Snow Effect

What difference has Tony Snow made since becoming President George W. Bush’s press secretary? The President has been more accessible, for one thing. Tony Snow, it turns out, also talks more than his predecessor, Scott McClellan. A PEJ analysis suggests that in his regular give-and-take with the White House journalists, White House Q&A sessions are wordier and longer with the former TV and radio talk host at the helm.

PublicationsOctober 16, 2006

All the President’s Pressers

President Bush's second term has brought a big increase in the number of solo press conferences. Bush had only had 17 in his first term but looks like he's on the way to doubling that number in this four-year stint. The president still lags behind previous White House residents, but the change suggests a different approach to the press.

PublicationsMarch 26, 2005

All the News That’s Fed

Though presidents have always worked hard to get their message out, the Bush administration has pushed the envelope, especially with its aggressive use of the faux news segments called video news releases.

PublicationsOctober 27, 2004

The Debate Effect

A PEJ study on how the press covered the pivotal period of the 2004 Presidential Campaign.

PublicationsJuly 12, 2004

Character and the Campaign

If presidential campaigns are about character and control of message, neither candidate has had much success so far, a new PEJ study finds.