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Pew Research CenterDecember 23, 2008

A Christmas Present — No Story Eats the News

As 2008 draws to a close, last week’s media’s attention was divided more than at any point this year. The economy and Barack Obama’s transition were still among the top stories. But scandals involving the Illinois Governor and a world-famous financial figure, along with the continuing struggles of the U.S. auto industry, also competed for coverage.

Pew Research CenterDecember 16, 2008

Blagojevich Framed as Obama’s First Crisis

The scandal involving Illinois Gov. Blagojevich became 2008’s biggest weekly story not related to the election or economy — topping both the Russia-Georgia war and NY Gov. Spitzer’s prostitution scandal — and siphoning off attention from the week’s other big stories.

Pew Research CenterDecember 9, 2008

News of Obama’s Team Linked with Mounting Challenges They’ll Face

With desperate automakers asking Congress for $34 billion, Barack Obama unveiling key Cabinet members, and the U.S. scrambling to ease tensions between India and Pakistan, the three top storylines in the news intertwined last week.

Pew Research CenterNovember 25, 2008

Shifting Gears: Auto Bailouts and the Obama Transition Lead the News

Although no other media stories came close to rivaling the economy’s troubles and the emerging face of the incoming administration, one other story drew sensational coverage: piracy on the high seas.

Pew Research CenterNovember 24, 2008

How the Media Cover Health

At a time when health care is a major public policy issue, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Project for Excellence in Journalism examines the extent to which health news has been a part of the national news agenda including coverage of the 2008 presidential primary campaign.

Pew Research CenterNovember 18, 2008

Never-Ending Story: Palin and Hillary Still Making News

The country’s weakened economy rivaled the presidential transition as top story of the week while much coverage focused on two women who ran losing campaigns for the executive branch.

Pew Research CenterNovember 11, 2008

Media Moment: History, Trends and Transition Dominate News Coverage

When the campaign was finally over, the media almost immediately viewed Barack Obama’s victory as a transformational event, and a subject that had been in some ways taboo moved front and center – race.

Pew Research CenterNovember 4, 2008

Strategy Session: Media Focused on Polls and Maps in Final Week

If ever there is a time when campaigns are horse races, it is in the final days, and coverage was indeed largely about the contest itself.

Pew Research CenterOctober 29, 2008

The Color Of News: How Different Media Have Covered the General Election

When it comes to coverage of the campaign for president 2008, where one goes for news makes a difference, according to a new study.

Pew Research CenterOctober 28, 2008

Swing States Sway Campaign Media

In the final days of the race for president, seemingly nothing but the algebra of the electoral map appears to have staying power.