PublicationsSeptember 22, 2008

The Latest Campaign Narrative—‘It’s The Economy, Stupid’

Even the Palin phenomenon took a back seat last week as a profound crisis in the financial markets dominated the headlines. In a campaign season of constantly changing storylines, will this become the dominant issue that determines the outcome?

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 18, 2008

The Lull Before the Storm

The crisis on Wall Street, and its implications for the economy, now command the attention of the nation and the media. Even the focus of the presidential campaign has now changed. But in the weeks leading up to what most experts consider the worst financial emergency in decades, coverage of the economy had slowed down significantly.

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.

PublicationsSeptember 15, 2008

Northern Exposure Still Dominates the News

The Republican convention may be over, but the Sarah Palin phenomenon continues to be the big campaign newsmaker. Last week, the media took a closer look at her record, she sat for her first interview, and lipstick entered the realm of political wedge issues.

PublicationsSeptember 11, 2008

Meteorology in the Morning

Two major U.S. storms made the list of top five stories for the week of Sept. 1-8. While that level of coverage may be unusual, some media sectors tend to pay more attention to dangerous weather and disasters than others.

PublicationsSeptember 8, 2008

The Palin Phenomenon Drives Campaign Coverage

Last week, John McCain formally accepted his party’s nomination for the U.S. presidency. But he was overshadowed by the attention paid to Sarah Palin, some of which pitted the GOP vs. the media.

PublicationsSeptember 4, 2008

Big Events Eclipse the Issues

The veepstakes and convention time have commanded much of the media’s attention in recent days. With so much focus on the horserace and party pageantry, which campaign topics fell by the wayside?

PublicationsSeptember 2, 2008

Denver and Palin Fuel Biggest Campaign Week Yet

For much of last week, the Democrats’ effort to make peace and reintroduce Obama to voters were the focal points of campaign coverage. How much success did John McCain have in suddenly stealing the media narrative?

PublicationsAugust 27, 2008

Betting on Biden

After days of intense speculation by the press, Barack Obama introduced his running mate on Aug. 23. Was that choice a surprise? Or did the media prognosticators and pundits have it figured out?