Apparently Iraq would have had to have been carrying a communicable disease to maintain its stranglehold on the newshole during the week of 5/27/07-6/1/07, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism. The saga of the traveler with tuberculosis, riding various airplanes and a lot of cable coverage, was the only story to break into double digits on the overall media chart with 12%.
The 2008 campaign also beat out any of the numerous Mideast categories. And even there, the usual Iraq front runner, the policy debate, took a back seat to events in the country and on the homefront. Add those three together and Iraq was back on top overall with 15% of the newshole, while Iran and Afghanistan stories took the Mideast to 20% (4% and 1%, respectively). The outbreak of violence in Lebanon, claiming 6% of media attention the week before, was the biggest story to drop off the chart completely. Other than a 2% focus on global warming, there were no major meteorological stories of note. Immigration was a fairly hot topic on radio, but was of mild or no interest elsewhere.
|General war on terror||x||3%||x||x||x||x|
|Russian spy death||x||x||4%||x||x||x|
|Dan Bartlett resigns||x||x||x||x||2%||x|
Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism