Media & News Mar. 28, 2008

Talk Show Hosts Agree Obama Speech Was Boffo Theater but Some See the Script as Unconvincing

The usually fractious fraternity of talking heads agreed on one thing — Obama’s ability to put words together. They were less unanimous about the content.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

Obama Speech on Race Arguably Biggest Event of Campaign

Fully 85% of Americans say they heard about Obama’s speech, and 70% have heard more about him in the last week than any other candidate. The impact of events on Obama’s image appears to be mixed.

Media & News Mar. 18, 2008

Racial Tensions Roil Democrats’ Media Narrative

Maybe the good news for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama last week was that the problems of another Democrat — Eliot Spitzer — generated almost as much media attention as they did.

U.S. Politics Mar. 13, 2008

Rumors and Red Phones Capture The Public’s Political Attention

Americans are paying close attention to all aspects of the election this year, but the most widely recognized item involves rumors that Obama is a Muslim.

Media & News Mar. 11, 2008

Clinton Gets Media to Turn Back the Clock

In a strong week for Hillary, the narrative turned on questions about Obama’s toughness.

U.S. Politics Mar. 6, 2008

Public Sees Fair Fight

Every week since November, 2007, the most covered news story has been the election, and the public has taken notice. Almost half of Americans (47%) listed it as the single news story they were following more closely than any other, up from 10% last November.

Media & News Mar. 4, 2008

Combative Clinton Gets Media to Cover Itself

by Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director, Project for Excellence in Journalism If Hillary Clinton last week wanted to work the refs — or argue with the press to generate more skeptical coverage of Barack Obama and maybe change the subject from her own problems — the evidence suggests it worked. One of the more memorable moments […]

U.S. Politics Feb. 27, 2008

NY Times’ McCain Story Draws Public Interest – And Disapproval

By a nearly two-to-one margin those familiar with the Times’ article on the Arizona senator’s ties to a lobbyist think the paper was wrong to publish it.

Media & News Feb. 26, 2008

Democrats Dominate Media on Single Theme: Is Clinton Done?

While Obama’s apparent frontrunner status claimed most coverage early in the week, the controversial New York Times story put McCain back in the news.

Media & News Feb. 20, 2008

Obama and Clinton Tie for Coverage, But Barack Wins on Tone

The media narrative for the Democratic presidential race shifted dramatically last week, anointing a definite frontrunner and an underdog.