Obamacare v. Philippines typhoon: How cable covered two big stories
In a week dominated by two mega-stories—the continuing travails of Obamacare and the devastating typhoon in the Philippines—America’s hypercompetitive cable news outlets exercised very different news judgments.
How Media Organizations are Handling the ‘Redskins’ Name
Data as of Oct. 30, 2013. Read Media take sides on ‘Redskins’ name (Fact Tank, Oct. 30, 2013) Media Outlets Boycotting/No Longer Using Name The Richmond Free Press Slate The New Republic Mother Jones Monday Morning Quarterback Washington City Paper DCist The Oregonian The Seattle Times Kansas City Star San Francisco Chronicle Sportsgrid Journalists Boycotting/No Longer […]
Return of CNN ‘Crossfire’ injects more opinion into evening cable news
CNN’s “Crossfire” is back, injecting more opinion-driven programming into an evening cable news landscape that is already chock full of ideology and commentary.
Sanford, Weiner and Spitzer: Trying to overcome the headlines from their scandals
Three politicians who were forced from office by scandal are currently attempting comebacks. They are trying to overcome misdeeds that put them in the top five political scandals of recent years as measured by the amount of news coverage.
News Coverage Conveys Strong Momentum for Same-Sex Marriage
News stories focusing on support for same-sex marriage outnumbered those opposing it by roughly 5-to-1 in the two months marked by Supreme Court deliberations on the issues.
As the Trayvon Martin case goes to trial, remembering a major media event
Today marks the beginning of what is likely to be a closely watched courtroom battle—the murder trial of George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of 17-year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. While there has been ongoing coverage of the case and the run-up to the trial, it may be hard […]
Is MSNBC the place for opinion?
MSNBC president Phil Griffin generated plenty of media attention this week when he said, in a New York Times interview, that his channel was “not the place” for breaking news. “Our brand is not that.” Griffin was responding to a significant decline in MSNBC’s ratings, which the Times reported was down 18% in prime time […]
Gun Control Conversation Split
On Twitter, the tone of conversation on gun control shifted back and forth, but the NRA faced more criticism than support. The terms “Newtown” and “gun control” dominated the conversation.