Citation de la semaine
"What kind of decision maker and leader Mr. Obama will be remains unclear even to many of his supporters"
—New York Times

Poids média de l'actualité américaine (3-9 novembre) selon le Pew Research Center:

Actualités États-Unis

In Election Week, Media Pivots from Race to Rahm

When the campaign was finally over, the media almost immediately viewed Barack Obama’s victory as a transformational event, and a subject that had been in some ways taboo moved front and center—race.

“Obama Overcomes,” observed the Tuscaloosa Alabama News. “Dream Realized,” said the Brockton Massachusetts Enterprise. “Race is History,” emphatically declared the Beaumont Texas Enterprise

Another common theme in the torrent of analysis and reporting that followed Obama’s win over John McCain Nov. 4 was disarray in a Republican Party with a damaged brand and diminished base. And that seemed to be epitomized nowhere more clearly than in the widely publicized comments belittling Sarah Palin, attributed to anonymous McCain aides, and the subsequent counterattack by Palin.

While some commentary and reporting also suggested the nation was on the cusp of a major political realignment, the media verdict on that was more mixed.

And one other major storyline emerged in the media last week. With the political press corps still fully mobilized and a deepening economic crisis, the narrative pivoted instantly to speculation about the personalities and policies that would drive the new Obama administration. Within a day, the transition from one Presidential era to another was in full swing.

These are among the findings of the weekly News Coverage Index, a comprehensive analysis of the press coverage the week of Nov. 3-9 from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The final week of a campaign, the presidential election utterly dominated the news agenda. Campaign and election related themes combined to make up more than two-thirds (69%) of the newshole studied. Combined, that would make election and its aftermath the largest single event in the 22 months since the Index began. When you add in the additional stories connected to the Nov. 4 voting—including the U.S. House and Senate races and ballot questions—that number swells to almost 80%.

Three main election themes dominated the coverage. The end of the presidential campaign—which encompassed coverage on just two days, was the No. 1 story, accounting for 27% of the week’s newshole. Coverage of the election results—including straight reporting and analysis—was No. 2, filling another 21%. And coverage of the incoming Obama administration—which began on Nov. 5 and looked forward—was right behind, also accounting for 21% of the newshole.

In Election Week, Media Pivots from Race to Rahm