The push to pass health care reform in the US House of Representatives was by far the dominant story in the news during the week of 3/15-21/10, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism. In fact, it’s the first time in awhile that one issue dominated like this – the story took 37% of all available time and space. No other made it into double-digits.
Only two media had a second double digit story on the individual charts, newspaper and radio, and in both cases the story was the economic crisis. It was #2 overall with 8%, claimed 13% of newspaper coverage and grabbed 10% of radio’s news time.
Online services paid the least amount of attention to health care, giving it 22% of its attention. Radio lavished 52% of its time, which was still not enough to match cable’s 57% health care tunnel vision.
|Health care debate||37%||28%||22%||30%||57%||52%|
|Mexican drug war||2%||2%||x||4%||2%||x|
|Red River flood||x||x||x||5%||x||x|
|Catholic priest abuse scandal||x||x||x||3%||x||x|
|War on Terror||x||x||x||x||1%||x|
|Republic of Georgia||x||x||x||x||x||1%|
Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism