Fact Tank Sep. 9, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Jul. 10, 2013

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.

Media & News Jun. 17, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Jun. 10, 2013

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 […]

Fact Tank Jun. 5, 2013

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 […]

Media & News Apr. 25, 2013

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.

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U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2012

Timeline: Top News Stories of 2012

A look at the public’s top 15 news stories of 2012, according to Pew Research Center’s News Interest Index.

U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2012

Election, Tragedies Dominate 2012 News

The public’s news interests were very much focused on domestic developments this year, with the election outcome, last week’s horrific school shooting and Hurricane Sandy leading the list of the top stories of 2012.

Media & News Dec. 20, 2012

Newtown Sparks Calls for Gun Reform in Social Media, Opinion Pages

The shooting rampage in a Connecticut elementary school last week triggered a conversation different from other recent U.S. gun tragedies.

Media & News Nov. 28, 2012

Arab-American Media Bring News to Diverse and Growing Community

Arab-American media face the same challenges as news media generally as they try to serve one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States.