Health care coverage edged the economic crisis coverage by a 13%-12% margin among the news media during the week of 11/16-22/09, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism. But only one of the five media – newspaper — had both stories among their top two, and one – network TV – had neither.
Sarah Palin grabbed enough media attention to be the #3 story for the week.
The Afghanistan story, which has been consistently among the top three in the recent past, dropped into a tie for 7th with only 4% of the newshole. Other points of interest in the Mideast showed up on individual coverage lists but failed to garner enough attention to make the overall list.
|Health care debate||13%||15%||7%||6%||18%||19%|
|Obama trip to Asia||5%||5%||8%||8%||3%||3%|
|Fort Hood shootings||4%||3%||x||x||6%||3%|
|Oprah to cable||2%||x||x||4%||x||x|
|Mexican drug war||x||2%||x||x||x||x|
|US airline industry||x||2%||2%||x||x||x|
|Cervical cancer screening||x||x||x||3%||x||x|
|Events in Iraq||x||x||x||x||3%||x|
|Pirates of Somalia||x||x||x||x||2%||x|
Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism