PublicationsOctober 20, 2008

A Plumber (Sort of) Gets His 15 Minutes

The final presidential debate was the top campaign storyline last week. And both candidates rolled out major economic packages. But perhaps the most memorable event was the media descending on an unlikely new voice of the working class.

PublicationsOctober 16, 2008

Numbers Show Radio Talkers Like To Talk About Themselves

Talk radio is a format chock full of opinion, monologues, and the frequent use of first person pronouns. How often do talk radio hosts make themselves part of the story? And who else do they discuss?

PublicationsOctober 14, 2008

Economy Shrinks, Tactics Grow, in Media Narrative

The stock market tanked, and the candidates took citizen questions during a presidential debate. But with Election Day looming in less than a month, the media spotlight last week was trained on the hostile rhetoric heard on the campaign trail.

PublicationsOctober 10, 2008

A Continuum of Condemning the Press

The 2008 race for the White House has once again seen intensifying complaints about media bias, most recently from the McCain camp. The charges have ranged from liberalism, to sexism, and more. A new PEJ review offers an historical perspective on the evolution of the tenuous relationship between press and political leaders.

PublicationsOctober 8, 2008

Headlines of the Rich, Famous, and Infamous

O.J. Simpson’s robbery and kidnapping conviction last week came after a trial that generated far less coverage than his 1995 murder case. But it was enough to keep the former football star in the media’s sights. What other celebrities made major news in the past twelve months? And why?

PublicationsOctober 6, 2008

Veep Debate, Palin Rule Campaign News

Coverage of the nation’s financial crisis reached new heights last week as Congress struggled to produce a bailout package. But when it came to the presidential campaign narrative, the match-up in Missouri proved more interesting to the media.

PublicationsOctober 3, 2008

The Palin Phenomenon

In the period that stretched from her introduction as John McCain’s running mate to the run-up to this week’s vice-presidential debate, Sarah Palin generated an extraordinary amount of media attention. In fact, when it comes to making headlines, no one has topped the Alaska Governor.

PublicationsSeptember 29, 2008

Media Narrative Whipsaws Between Bailout, Debate

In a week in which he injected both suspense and personal dramatics into the campaign storyline, Republican John McCain was the leading newsmaker. But after a debate that the public scored differently than the press, it was Barack Obama getting the more positive headlines.

PublicationsSeptember 25, 2008

Every Now and Again–A Study on News Coverage of Immigration

How do the news media cover the issue of immigration? A new PEJ study, produced in collaboration with the Brookings Institution and The University of Southern California Norman Lear Center, reveals the uneven, and episodic nature of the media’s approach, based on a close look at the year 2007.

PublicationsSeptember 25, 2008

The Market Meltdown

The week of Sept. 15-21 was dominated by news of perhaps the nation’s biggest fiscal crisis since the Great Depression. With Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street all affected, which elements of the financial crisis generated the most headlines?