[govinfo] GovInfo News 11-01-2007

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  • Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2007 13:19:44 -0400

- The Invisible Primary-Invisible No Longer
- Panel proposed to balance research, security
Patrice McDermott, Director
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2008 Presidential Campaign
A study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Joan Shorenstein 
Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
October 29, 2007

In the early months of the 2008 presidential campaign, the media had already 
winnowed the race to mostly five candidates and offered Americans relatively 
little information about their records or what they would do if elected, 
according to a comprehensive new study of the election coverage across the 
media.      In all, 63% of the campaign stories focused on political and 
tactical aspects of the campaign. That is nearly four times the number of 
stories about the personal backgrounds of the candidates (17%) or the 
candidates' ideas and policy proposals (15%). And just 1% of stories examined 
the candidates' records or past public performance, the study found.      The 
press' focus on fundraising, tactics and polling is even more evident if one 
looks at how stories were framed rather than the topic of the story. Just 12% 
of stories examined were presented in a way that explained how citizens might 
be affected by the election, while nearly nine-out-of-ten stories (86%) focused 
on matters that largely impacted only the parties and the candidates. Those 
numbers, incidentally, match almost exactly the campaign-centric orientation of 
coverage found on the eve of the primaries eight years ago.  more

- Panel proposed to balance research, security
By Aliya Sternstein National Journal's Technology Daily
October 29, 2007

The National Academies is recommending that the government establish a science 
and security commission to strike a balance between freely exchanging 
unclassified research with foreigners and controlling information that 
terrorists might use against the United States.     Public-access experts said 
the report's findings are consistent with previous reports on science and 
national security but reflect more current issues like collaboration with 
foreign scientists and export controls. The idea of a separate commission also 
is new.     The commission would be housed within the National Security Council 
and co-chaired by the national security adviser and the director of the White 
House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Appointees would include 
university administrators, along with representatives from federal research 
agencies and national security agencies. more [National Journal via GovExec]
Link: Report


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