Bloggers last week debated whether the worldwide swine flu outbreak was a serious public health menace or a case of excessive media hype. And Arlen Specter’s change of parties stirred a partisan debate over the state of the GOP.
When Justice David Souter announced his pending retirement, it became one of the week’s biggest stories. But the actions of the Supreme Court don’t usually dominate the headlines. Which High Court-related events generated substantial coverage and how do they compare to the Souter news?
How have the news media covered the early days of the Obama presidency? How does that coverage stack up against that of his predecessors? A new study examines the tone and focus of Obama’s media narrative and how compares it to Bill Clinton’s and George Bush’s.
A story that suddenly emerged from nowhere, the threat of a global influenza pandemic, sent the media into overdrive last week. The flu scare knocked a number of significant events out of the headlines and by week’s end, began to spawn a backlash.
The State of the News Media 2009, PEJ's annual report on the health of American Journalism is available online. The study analyzes trends in the main media sectors and includes features like a Year in the News, Lessons from the Election and more.
PEJ produced 20 reports related to the 2008 presidential campaign, plus studied the media coverage of the election week by week. See all of PEJ's campaign-focused research here.