A Lesson in Humility for Journalism
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 …
Hearing Too Much and Learning Too Little
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 …
Frames of Debate Analysis
Debate coverage at the close of Campaign 2000 was more focused on the internal politics of the campaign than anything else.
Three Most Common Bush Themes
For then-Gov. George W. Bush, two of the three most popular story themes at the end of the 2000 campaign were focused on issues.
Three Most Common Gore Themes
For then-Vice President Al Gore, the three most popular story themes at the end of the 2000 campaign were about the fortuns of his campaign rather than his ideas, in contrast with his opponent.
Impact of Campaign Stories, by Medium
In each medium, most stories at the end of Campaign 2000 were focus on the impact on the candidates themselves rather than citizens or interest groups.
Timing of Story Themes
As the close of the 2000 campaign drew nearer the press focused more on “campaign internals” (or horse race stories) than it did policy issues.
The Last Lap
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.
Tone of Coverage for Gore and Bush
The closing weeks of the 2000 campaign saw then-Vice President Al Gore getting more negative coverage, but both candidates saw a deluge of negative stories.
Major Story Themes in Late Campaign 2000 Coverage
More than half of the stories from the end of the 2000 campaign were about the internal politics of campaigning.