- Columbia Journalism Review and Public Agenda have released the first in a
series of surveys of editors and news directors. We surveyed senior
on their attitudes about media coverage of the Lewinsky scandal, and some of
the findings include:
- 60 percent would give the media a grade of "A" or "B" for its coverage
- The journalists we surveyed were split on whether the story was overplayed
(although the public thinks it was)
- 69 percent say they would investigate a politican's private life based on
whether or not it affects the official's public performance. About half say
private lives of politicians are fair game, but a majority say journalists
should not be held to the same standard.
This is the first in a series of surveys Public Agenda is conducting for CJR,
and we welcome questions or comments. The results are published in the
magazine, and posted on both Public Agenda Online
and CJR (http://www.cjr.org).
"Not all that is gold does glitter."