Media & News Aug. 19, 2008

War in Georgia is Bigger News than the Campaign

Last week marked the first time in nine months that the most covered news story was not the presidential campaign. The Russian-Georgian war led the news and also generated positive coverage for McCain and his aggressive approach to the crisis.

Media & News Aug. 12, 2008

Comeback Kids: Clintons Return to Campaign Coverage

Last week’s major story lines turned more to discord among Democrats, energy policy and the search for vice presidents.

Internet & Tech Aug. 5, 2008

No Longer in the News, Earthquake Survivors Face a Painful Recovery

Media focus in China turned away weeks ago from the May 12 earthquake to the Beijing Olympics, but a journey through the heart of the destruction reveals the immense task faced by the people of Sichuan, already poor, to recreate their lives.

Global Aug. 5, 2008

An Enthusiastic China Welcomes the Olympics

Publics around the world are showing signs of apprehension about China’s growing economic power, its role in foreign affairs and the safety of the products it exports; but the Chinese people are confident that the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing will change the way their country is viewed.

Media & News Aug. 5, 2008

Spears and Hilton Raise McCain Coverage Even With Obama

A spasm of introspection by the media, amid a wave of accusations that they were being unfair to the GOP standard bearer combined with a controversial ad to generate equal coverage of the two candidates.

Jul. 29, 2008

America’s Four Middle Classes

The Top of the Class, the Satisfied Middle, the Anxious Middle and the Struggling Middle – what unites and divides the majority of Americans who call themselves “middle class.”

Media & News Jul. 29, 2008

Obama’s Trip Consumes Coverage

While many media outlets credited Obama with a stylistically successful and largely gaffe-less trip, some questioned whether it actually benefited the candidate.

U.S. Politics Jul. 29, 2008

The Power of the Protest Vote

Don’t be surprised if third or fourth party presidential candidates garner enough votes in November to make a difference

U.S. Politics Jul. 17, 2008

Cell Phones and the 2008 Vote: An Update

The latest Pew Research Center national survey, including a sample of 503 adults on a cell phone, finds that the overall estimate of voter presidential preference is modestly affected by whether or not the cell phone respondents are included.

U.S. Politics Jul. 17, 2008

Should Women Worry Obama?

Obama is doing better among young and independent women than either of the last two Democratic nominees, but many older Democratic women remain undecided.