The Project for Excellence in Journalism coverage chart for the week of 6/2/08-6/8/08 was as you would expect.
The final battle between Barack Obama (D-IL) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) dominated the news, from the last primaries on Tuesday 6/3/08 to Clinton’s concession on Saturday 6/8/08. Cable, which often gets into 70% territory on campaign coverage, was there again with 74% focus – but this was one week where all five tracked media had a tight spotlight on the story.
Not much room was left for other matters, and two pocketbook issues, gas/oil prices and the US economy in general, captured the #2 and #3 slots in a battle of numerous and varied generally low-coverage stories.
|Story||Overall||Newspaper||Online||Net. TV||Cable TV||Radio|
|Bo Diddley passes||2%||5%||3%||x||x||x|
|Ted Kennedy’s health||2%||x||5%||3%||x||2%|
|Air Force officials resign||1%||2%||x||2%||x||x|
|Yves St. Laurent passes||x||2%||x||2%||x||x|
|TX polygamy raid||x||x||5%||x||x||x|
|Worldwide food shortage||x||x||2%||x||x||x|
|Zimbabwe: diplomats attacked||x||x||x||2%||x||x|
|Violent US weather||x||x||x||1%||1%||1%|
|Scott McClellan’s book||x||x||x||x||3%||x|
Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism