Special Reports

Executive Summary Reporters consider most risky products newsworthy, but tobacco gets far more coverage than any other risky product, including such illegal drugs as cocaine and marijuana. This is one conclusion of a special year-long, two-part study of news coverage of risky products. The study, conducted by the Media Research Center's Free Market Project, analyzes network morning and evening news shows between August 1, 1995 and July 31, 1996. The study found: Tobacco as a risk problem is overemphasized. Tobacco and smoking were the subject of 413 news stories, compared to 136 stories for obesity/fatty foods, 94 for auto safety,... continue reading
The Stats The Media's Influence: 43% of the public said the press "plays the most influential role in determining which issues and events are considered important these days." 22% said "political leaders in Washington." Source: Times Mirror Center for the People and the Press, February 1994 survey of 1,207 people. 55% of journalists at national media outlets thought George Bush's 1992 campaign was "hurt" by "the way the press has covered him." 11% thought Bill Clinton was hurt. Source: Times Mirror Center for the People & the Press,1992 poll of 267 staffers at national press organizations. White House reporters vote... continue reading
Executive Summary In a study of nearly three months of network and news magazine coverage, the Media Research Center found that despite the suggestion that the national media's only bias is in favor of "a good story," the Whitewater story ­­ indictments, convictions, Senate hearings, and all ­­ is still the story reporters love to hate. The lack of coverage is matched by the disparaging tone members of the media have displayed toward Whitewater over the past few months. A representative sampling of these follows on page two. First, among the study findings: From February 29 to May 20, the... continue reading