How the Media Covered the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster
The disaster in the Gulf dominated the news for the 100 days following the initial rig explosion. A media analysis finds the mainstream press spent considerable time reporting from the region and humanizing the crisis.
New York Islamic Center Debate Tops Coverage, But Not News Interest
More than four-in-ten Republicans (44%) say they followed news about the mosque debate very closely, compared with 28% each of Democrats and independents.
More Hearing Good News About Gulf Spill
Perceptions of news about the oil leak have become somewhat more positive, while views of economic news remain mixed. About one-in-five track news about the overturn of California’s gay marriage ban and the planned Islamic cultural center in New York.
Mixed Public Reaction to WikiLeaks
About equal percentages say the release of classified documents about the war in Afghanistan harms the public interest as say it serves the public interest. Most say Chelsea Clinton’s wedding received too much attention from the press.
Sherrod Story: Heavy Coverage, Modest Interest
Despite heavy coverage of the Shirley Sherrod affair, the oil leak in the Gulf was by far the public’s most closely followed news story.
Public Hears Better News from the Gulf
Most Americans are hearing some good news from the Gulf. On balance, more see Republicans gaining a majority in House after the fall elections.
Interest in Oil Leak Dips Along with Coverage
Large majorities say news organizations gave too much coverage last week to Lindsay Lohan’s legal woes and LeBron James’ announcement.
Public Increasingly Hearing Mostly Bad Economic News
Perceptions of economic news have turned much more negative in the past month, with news about jobs seen as especially dour.
Public, Media Track Oil Leak, Diverge On McChrystal
The public remained focused on the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last week, while the media divided their attention between the oil leak and controversial comments by Gen. Stanley McChrystal that led to his ouster as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Public Sees Right Amount of Oil Leak Coverage
As press coverage of the oil spill continues to increase, most Americans say the media are giving the right amount or too little attention to the unfolding disaster. Interest in the World Cup is low but on par with past tournaments.