The unusual convergence of the White House, two generals and Rolling Stone Magazine fueled the rise of the Afghanistan story over the dominant-of-late oil spill saga during the week of 6/21-27/10, according to the latest reading from the Project for Excellence in Journalism. But it was close. Among all media, it was Afghanistan 25%, oil spill 23%.
Only two other stories rose above the fray to hit the 5% level. That score was registered by the 2010 elections, the week’s #4 story. It was three points behind the 8% notched by coverage of the World Cup.
Network and cable television journalists continued to see the travails of the BP oil rig as the #1 story, and newspaper put them both at 19%, but Afghanistan – fueled by the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal – had a 6% margin online and a wide 18% margin on radio.
A very wide variety of stories divvied up the remaining time and space, none of which could muster more than a 2% showing in total news media coverage.
|Times Sq. bomb plot||2%||3%||x||4%||1%||x|
|Supreme Court actions||x||x||x||3%||x||x|
|Flagstaff AZ fire||x||x||x||2%||x||x|
|SE Tennessee floods||x||x||x||2%||x||x|
|Mexican drug war||x||x||x||x||1%||2%|
|Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism|