Three out of five media made health care the top news story for the week of 3/8-14/10, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism. It took 19% of the total newshole, well ahead of the economic crisis, which was the #2 story with 12%. But the economy earned 24% of newspaper coverage, followed by education at 9%, and THEN came health care with only 6%. So how did it score its overall knockout?
A big part of the answer can be found by looking at the cable TV chart, which placed health care at 27%, scandals in Congress at 13% and the economy at a mere 6% (although still good for 3rd place).
But radio was the true propellant of the health care story, devoting almost half of its time – 46% — to it. Afghanistan came in 2nd there with 10%, followed by the economy with 9%.
Stories related in one way or another to the Mideast combined for 10% when totaled. The related categories included Afghanistan, events in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the saga of Jihad Jane.
|Health care debate||19%||6%||13%||10%||27%||46%|
|Events in Iraq||3%||4%||5%||5%||x||x|
|Hurricane Katrina aftermatn||x||x||3%||x||x||x|
Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism