PublicationsApril 30, 2008

Media Passes on Times Pentagon Piece

The April 20 New York Times story on television’s use of military analysts who were parroting Pentagon talking points on the Iraq war seemed like a story destined to make an impact. Yet, an examination of a week’s worth of coverage by the PEJ’s News Coverage Index found the media equivalent of a collective yawn—only two follow-ups in the mainstream press.

PublicationsApril 28, 2008

Post-Pennsylvania Spin Drowns Out McCain

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton generated a huge portion of the headlines last week as Pennsylvanians finally went to the polls. The issue of race re-emerged to play a substantial role in the media’s Democratic campaign narrative. And Republican John McCain struggled to be heard through the din.

PublicationsApril 23, 2008

How Different Is Murdoch’s New Wall Street Journal?

Many people expected Rupert Murdoch to be an activist owner when he bought the Wall Street Journal last year. So what’s happened to the paper under his tenure? A PEJ study of Journal front pages finds that under the new regime, there’s a lot less business and a lot more Beltway.

PublicationsApril 21, 2008

Obama and Clinton Debate the Debate

The two Democratic contenders went at it last week, battling over Barack Obama’s “bitter” remarks at a California fundraiser and over the ABC debate that some said had too much “gotcha.” Trailing in the race for attention, John McCain saw the media examine everything from his economic policy to his temper last week.

PublicationsApril 14, 2008

McCain Gets Least Coverage But Best Media Narrative

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama attracted more attention from the press than John McCain last week. But the two Democrats were often engaged in serious damage control while the GOP’s candidate was basking in some pretty positive coverage.

PublicationsApril 7, 2008

Clinton Punches, Obama Bowls, and McCain Reminisces

The key media narrative last week involved growing pressure on Hillary Clinton to withdraw from the primary fight. Meanwhile, Barack Obama tried his hand at hands-on campaigning while John McCain hoped to grab the media’s attention with a tour of some old stomping grounds.

PublicationsMarch 31, 2008

Clinton’s Bosnia Gaffe Makes Her Top Newsmaker

Democrats are finding out that being in the news isn’t necessarily good news. A week after Barack Obama was besieged by the Rev. Wright furor, Hillary Clinton’s memory and veracity came under fire. Does all this make John McCain the big winner?

PublicationsMarch 26, 2008

Why News of Iraq Dropped

The tactical success of the surge and the tactical failures of the new Democratic Congress are among the reasons why the five-year-old conflict seems to have disappeared from the headlines. And then there are the competing demands of covering the most intriguing presidential campaign in recent memory.

PublicationsMarch 25, 2008

Iraq War Coverage Plunges

Coverage of the Iraq war has decreased dramatically since President Bush announced the troop surge in January 2007. For the first three months of 2007, coverage of the war accounted for 23% of the overall newshole. One year later—from Jan. 1 through March 20 of 2008—the conflict generated only about one-sixth as much media attention.

PublicationsMarch 24, 2008

The Pastor, The Candidate, And The Speech Lead The News

John McCain and Hillary Clinton were reduced to relative obscurity last week. The media’s presidential campaign narrative instead focused on one overarching issue: could Barack Obama handle the controversy over his pastor’s racially inflammatory remarks?