For months now, the dominant news narratives have been the 2012 presidential elections, courtesy of the Republican primaries, and the economy. But Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care package was the top story during the week of 3/26-4/1, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, and the Trayvon Martin story also received more coverage than the two mainstay topics.
It was health care 21%, Martin 18%, election 10% and economy 6%. No other story surpassed 3% of the overall newshole.
Cable news directors were the only dissenters on the health care story. As a rule the cable medium tends to fixate on the election, but this time they were investing 37% of available time into the Trayvon Martin shooting, with health care getting 18% and the election 17%.
Radio and network TV actually gave the election a rest. It received double digit coverage in the other three media, but radio gave it a mere 3% of available time, and network TV didn’t even place it among its top 10 stories at all.
|Health care debate||21%||20%||21%||16%||18%||37%|
|Trayvon Martin shooting||18%||3%||13%||14%||37%||24%|
|2012 presidential election||10%||10%||12%||x||17%||3%|
|Record Mega Millions lottery||3%||x||3%||7%||3%||1%|
|Middle East unrest||3%||4%||5%||3%||x||x|
|US airline industry||2%||x||x||8%||2%||1%|
|LA Dodgers sold||2%||5%||3%||x||x||x|
|Obama open mic remark||1%||x||x||x||4%||x|
|VA Tech shootings||x||2%||x||x||x||x|
|Pope visits Cuba||x||x||x||4%||x||x|
|Iraq War events||x||x||x||x||x||2%|
|Corzine/MF Global scandal||x||x||x||x||x||2%|
|Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism|