Media & News Oct. 5, 2009

Covering the Great Recession

The gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression has been covered in the media largely from the top down, told primarily from the perspective of the Obama administration and big business.

U.S. Politics Sep. 30, 2009

Media Have Less Influence on Views about Health Care, Economy

News outlets play much less of a role in shaping views of health reform and the economy — where personal experiences are an important factor — than they do on environmental issues and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. Politics Sep. 23, 2009

Little Evidence of Obama Overexposure

The number of Americans hearing “too much” about the president has not increased during his push for health care.

U.S. Politics Sep. 16, 2009

Health Care Debate Seen as “Rude and Disrespectful”

Health care reform has been the dominant news story since late July, but it now has a 29-point advantage over the second most closely followed story. But most Americans say the tone of the debate has been negative.

U.S. Politics Sep. 8, 2009

Most Plan to Watch Obama Speech

Interest in health care reform remains extremely high, but two-thirds continue to say the issue is hard to understand.

U.S. Politics Sep. 3, 2009

Public Worried, Informed About H1N1

Most Americans are confident in the government’s ability to deal with the swine flue, less trust the media to accurately report on it.

U.S. Politics Aug. 26, 2009

International Stories Don’t Register

While health care is the public’s top story, as many heard about Brett Farve as protesters bringing guns to town halls. Most heard news about the availability of swine flu vaccines.

U.S. Politics Aug. 20, 2009

Death Panels Live On With Fox Viewers

Regular viewers of Fox News Channel are far more likely than viewers of other cable news channels and nightly network news to say claims of death panels are true.

U.S. Politics Aug. 12, 2009

Americans Hear Improvement in Tone of Economic News

Americans are hearing better news coverage about financial markets, real estate and prices. Also, as the health care debate tops interest, town hall protests register widely, with a majority calling the behavior appropriate.

U.S. Politics Aug. 6, 2009

Many Fault Media Coverage of Health Care Debate

As the fight in Washington over health care reform continues to dominate public attention and media coverage, most Americans are critical of the way news organizations are explaining key elements of the debate.