U.S. Politics Aug. 9, 2007

Small Audience For Murdoch’s Dow Jones Deal, Few Expect Change

A majority of Americans who are following the story of publisher Rupert Murdoch’s purchase of the Wall Street Journal say the sale will have little or no impact on the quality of the newspaper.

Media & News Jul. 30, 2007

Publisher Murdoch’s U.S. Track Record

In light of his apparently successful bid to buy Down Jones, what is Rupert Murdoch’s record in the American newspaper business?

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The rule requiring broadcasters to balance views aired on controversial subjects was repealed 20 years ago.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 Jun. 20, 2007

Why Change the Channel?

For most of the public, broadcast network news is all the same. Not so cable news: Nearly half the public sees real differences among CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

Media & News Jun. 18, 2007

Did Talk Hosts Help Derail the Immigration Bill?

PEJ’s Talk Show Index finds immigration was the second-most popular topic from May 13-June 8, and airwaves discussion was dominated by hosts opposed to the legislation who often referred to it with the politically damning term “amnesty bill.”

Media & News May. 25, 2007

A Quarter’s Worth of News Coverage

Three-month review of media finds Iraq coverage was mostly about the U.S., while 2008 campaign coverage was mostly about Democrats.

U.S. Politics May. 17, 2007

Who’s Watching American Idol?

In spite of the fact that the show has topped the television ratings throughout the season, as American Idol Season 6 comes to a close the latest news interest survey finds three-quarters of the public paying little or no attention to it.

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.

Media & News Apr. 12, 2007

Assessing the Imus Mess

Even before Don Imus got the word that MSNBC and CBS had dropped him, a quick survey of the media coverage in the week since the veteran talk host uttered his infamous April 4 racial and gender insult suggests he will face a tough battle to re-establish his reputation and viability.

Pew Research Center Apr. 4, 2007

Cruising for News: The State of Digital Journalism

The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s State of the Media Report provides an interactive tool to help users understand news options available on the Web.