We would not have been at all surprised to see saturation coverage of the presidential election during the week of 10/27/08-11/2/08. As it was, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the ongoing saga claimed 54% of total media coverage, and did saturate cable coverage as usual to the tune of 84% over on the cable channels.
The financial crisis story was second but gradually losing steam, with 13% of the overall news hole. After that, no one story could top 2%.
There was a smattering of focus on various Mideast and African locales, the Phillies v. the Rays in the World Series, and a couple of takes on Congress (elections, scandals). It will be interesting to see what a "normal" news coverage pattern looks like in a couple of weeks.
|Events in Iraq||2%||4%||2%||2%||1%||x|
|Hudson family killed||2%||x||4%||3%||x||1%|
|Baseball World Series||1%||3%||2%||1%||x||1%|
|Congo civil war||1%||x||6%||1%||x||x|
|Health care debate||x||2%||x||x||x||x|
|University shooting in AR||x||x||2%||x||x||1%|
|US auto industry||x||x||x||2%||x||2%|
|Same sex marriage debate||x||x||x||1%||x||x|
|Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac||x||x||x||x||<1%||x|
|Chinese product recalls||x||x||x||x||<1%||x|
|US airline industry||x||x||x||x||x||1%|
Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism