The nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court was a big story, but not big enough to oust the BP oil rig explosion from the top of the journalistic playlist for the week of 5/10-16/10, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism. It was rig 17%, Kagan 13%, with the economic crisis rounding out the double-digit menu with 11%.
The bomb plot in Times Square and the 2010 elections tied for #4 at 5%.
Two stories tied for 6th place at 4%, but the way they got there illustrates the contrasting ways stories make it onto the overall top 10 list.
Afghanistan was one of the stories – no single medium of the five covered by PEJ went overboard on coverage, but all paid attention to the story, giving it a share of between 3% and 6%.
Immigration, on the other hand, didn’t make the top ten for either newspaper, online or network television news outlets. But it scored in double-digits on the radio chart with 11% and just missed that on cable with 9%.
|Oil rig explosion||17%||14%||16%||24%||20%||12%|
|Times Square bomb plot||5%||5%||5%||5%||7%||2%|
|Libyan plane crash||2%||x||4%||5%||x||x|
|Health care debate||x||x||5%||x||x||x|
|Events in Iraq||x||x||2%||x||x||x|
|Beau Biden stroke||x||x||x||2%||x||x|
|Iraq War homefront||x||x||x||2%||x||3%|
|Lena Horne dies||x||x||x||2%||x||x|
Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism