The Project for Excellence in Journalism media coverage charts for the week of 3/17/08-3/23/08 once again chronicle the fierce gravitational pull of the 2008 campaign, which once again eclipsed coverage of all other stories. But with a rather lengthy lull in the primary schedule its share of the newshole didn’t quite make it to the 40% threshold, and a growing bad news story — the sorry state of the US economy — managed to jump into double digits and was within shouting distance of at least getting half the coverage of the campaign.
The actual shares were 39% and 16%. Most stunning is this: Newspapers actually gave the economy top billing by a 25%-16% margin. The overall combined total of the two crowded out most other stories, but China and the debate over Iraq policy each gained a respectable 5% of overall media attention. Overall, Iraq categories, which dominated 2007 coverage, made a modest return to the chart, with three entries combining for a 10% share.
The best news was probably to the benefit of Eliot Spitzer — his bone-jarring descent from NY Governor to civilian had already simmered down to a mere 2% share.
|Supreme Court actions||1%||x||5%||2%||x||x|
|War on terror||1%||1%||3%||x||1%||x|
|Health care debate||x||1%||x||x||x||x|
Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism