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Media Coverage of the 2008 Presidential Race

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All American Presidential Forums on PBSTo hear the top Democratic presidential candidates talk directly and candidly about issues from healthcare and housing to Katrina relief, the economy and the environment, watch or listen to the The Democratic Forum, the first of the "All American Presidential Forums on PBS," hosted by Tavis Smiley at Howard University in Washington, DC on June 28, 2007. The event was televised live on PBS, but you can still watch or listen to the forum, which is available free for podcast and viewing on PBS.

Watch the All-American Presidential Forum online now!

"For far too long, the political machine has appealed to the wealthy, affluent powerbrokers around the country. But this election is already proving that candidates are going to have to work a little harder to gain the support and votes of everyday Americans. Every aspect of the All American Presidential Forums will help remind the candidates and viewers that when it's all said and done this process is really about 'We the people.'"
-- Tavis Smiley, moderator.


View the current results for this poll:

How do you receive your daily news? Please select all that apply:
  • Print
    54%
     
  • Online
    84%
     
  • TV
    70%
     
  • Radio
    54%
     
  • Other
    7%
     
4513 responses
Have the commercial media outlets you depend on been providing adequate coverage of the 2008 presidential race?
  • Yes
    24%
     
  • No
    31%
     
  • Somewhat
    37%
     
  • Unsure
    6%
     
4513 responses
How would you rate commercial media outlets in informing you about the candidates' platforms?
  • Good
    12%
     
  • Fair
    33%
     
  • Poor
    49%
     
  • Undecided
    4%
     
4513 responses
Do you think the commercial media's reporting on the 2008 presidential race is better than it was four years ago?
  • Yes
    14%
     
  • No
    59%
     
  • Undecided
    25%
     
4513 responses
The media's role in elections is of great consequence. Effective media coverage contributes to the electoral process by informing citizens about the choices they face in the elections. Are you confident that you currently receive accurate, balanced and responsible media coverage?
  • Yes
    13%
     
  • No
    75%
     
  • Undecided
    11%
     
4513 responses