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July 24, 2003


A new report [pdf |

A new report [pdf | press release] from a DC watchdog group examines media coverage of the federal government. [via romenesko] As you might expect, coverage has declined signficantly since the 80s, but there are some surprising discoveries:

  • Stories on "the person" of the President (rather than policy) have declined. (They must have counted Lewinsky stories as non-personal.)
  • Use of unnamed sources has dropped from 1 in 4 to 1 in 6.
  • "Evaluative" statements about the federal government are negative by a 2-to-1 margin.

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