Fact Tank Nov. 8, 2013

In the UK, scandal prompts a push for a press watchdog

The British cell phone hacking scandal of 2011 was a major catalyst for the creation of a new press watchdog.

Fact Tank Oct. 30, 2013

Media take sides on ‘Redskins’ name

At least 76 news outlets and journalists have publicly stated their opposition to the Washington Redskins name or moved to restrict or ban its use, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.

Fact Tank Jul. 25, 2013

Respect for journalists’ contributions has fallen significantly in recent years

About three-in-ten Americans say journalists contribute “a lot” to society’s well-being, a 10-percentage-point drop from four years ago.

Fact Tank Jul. 18, 2013

5 facts about ethnic and gender diversity in U.S. newsrooms

Last week, San Francisco Bay area television station KTVU broadcast fake names for the pilots of the Asiana Airline flight that crashed on July 6. The error involved ethnic stereotyping, leading the Asian American Journalists Association to assert that these kinds of mistakes “underscored the importance of newsroom diversity” at America’s media outlets. A similar […]

Fact Tank May. 30, 2013

Chief Justice John the Obscure

The Supreme Court will soon wrap up its current term with major decisions expected on gay marriage, affirmative action, voting rights and other issues. No one knows how the court will rule, but here’s a safe prediction: After the term, Chief Justice John Roberts will remain one of the most powerful – yet least visible […]

Media & News Feb. 11, 2009

The New Face of Washington’s Press Corps

The corps of journalists covering Washington D.C. at the dawn of the Obama administration is not so much smaller as it is dramatically transformed. And that transformation will markedly alter what Americans know and not know about the new government, as well as who will know it and who will not.

Media & News Oct. 10, 2008

Blaming the Messenger: A Continuum of Press Condemnation

From Jefferson to Palin, politicians of the left and right have blamed the media for public discontent with their policies, politics or personal behavior.

U.S. Politics May. 14, 2008

Public Says Press Should Not Declare Obama the Winner

Fully 72% of the public – including comparable percentages of Democrats, Republicans and independents – say that journalists should not be anointing Obama as the Democratic nominee at this stage in the race.

Media & News Jul. 19, 2007

Is the Fairness Doctrine Fair Game?

The rule requiring broadcasters to balance views aired on controversial subjects was repealed 20 years ago. Yet in recent weeks, debate about the Fairness Doctrine has re-emerged in media circles — especially on talk radio.

U.S. Politics Apr. 18, 2007

Most Say Imus’s Punishment Was Appropriate

A new survey finds that Americans generally agree with the punishment radio host Don Imus received for the racist and sexist remarks he made about the Rutgers University’s women basketball team. Nonetheless, there are substantial racial differences in views of Imus’s punishment, and the media’s coverage of the story.