Media Studies

26 December 2007

The Center for Media and Public Affairs has a new report on the major television news outlets' recent campaign coverage. Some of this is pretty interesting.

Issues covered
-Campaign strategy and tactics: 191 stories
-Policy issues: 188 stories
-Candidates' standing in the horse race: 162 stories

Most frequently debated policy issues
#1 Illegal immigration (32 stories)
#2 Iraq (22 stories)
#3 Electoral reforms (18 stories)
#4 Abortion (13 stories)
#5 Iran (12 stories)

Also, the League of Conservation Voters looked into the Sunday political talk shows and found them to be very much lacking in any serious discussion of energy policy. Of their 2,275 questions for the candidates, only 3 dealt with the issue.

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