PublicationsOctober 18, 2007

Newsmagazine Ad Pages 2007 vs. 2006

September numbers from the magazine business find that the ad page slump in the big newsweeklies continues in 2007. But looking more closely reveals some real winners and some disappointed losers in a diverse medium.

PublicationsOctober 18, 2007

Moderators, Movie Stars, and Marital Morality Fuel Campaign Talk

The debut of Fred Thompson as a GOP debater helped make last week the second-biggest week of the year in the talk show universe for the 2008 presidential campaign. But so did a talk brouhaha over a more tangential topic involving the debate. Also, conservative Michael Savage lets a conservative pundit have it.

PublicationsOctober 15, 2007

Fox News – Ready for Business

After years of anticipation, News Corp. launched its Fox Business Network in October 2007. While other rivals to CNBC have struggled, Wall Street is bullish on the potential of Fox’s chances in what has emerged as a lucrative and growing market.

PublicationsOctober 15, 2007

Violent Crime Captures the Headlines

While crime coverage may seem like a staple of our news diet, last week was actually unusual in that three frightening stories of random violence generated coverage—with two making the top-10 story list. When it comes to crime however, the media attention span is usually short-lived.

PublicationsOctober 11, 2007

Talk Hosts Opt for Bad Blood Over Blackwater

While the rest of the media were focused on private security contractors in Iraq last week, the cable and radio talk hosts spent their time continuing to argue over a controversial phrase by Rush Limbaugh. Plus, another remnant of the Anna Nicole Smith saga makes the top-10 list.

PublicationsOctober 9, 2007

The Murky Blackwater Story Fuels Iraq Coverage

For years, journalists struggled to report on the activities the private security firms in Iraq, companies who functioned in some ways as private armies. But last week, when the story of one such company moved from the streets of Baghdad to the hearing rooms on Capitol Hill, the media shed more light on the mystery.

PublicationsOctober 4, 2007

Talk Hosts Find Themselves on the Firing Line

Yes, newsmakers like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton were major topics in talk media last week. But it was two of the hosts themselves, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly, who inspired some of the most passion.

PublicationsOctober 1, 2007

The “Tyrant on Tour” Coverage Tops the News

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speaking trip to New York proved irresistible for the news media last week. But once you got past the hype, the politics, and the First Amendment debate, how much did we learn about Iran?

PublicationsSeptember 27, 2007

Cable Talk Hosts Have a Field Day with O.J.

The Simpson arrest and Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal proved irresistible fodder for the talk show universe last week. Plus, why some newsmakers—like Dan Rather and Alan Greenspan—got more attention on talk shows than in the general news coverage.

PublicationsSeptember 24, 2007

O.J. Leads the Way in a Week of Déjà Vu News

The arrest of O.J. Simpson not only conjured up memories of the famous murder trial of a dozen years ago, it also recalled the media feeding frenzy that surrounded that trial. And as was the case back in 1995, the story last week was a made-for-TV drama.