Talkers develop tunnel vision


"With the first serious tallies of the 2008 campaign looming large on the horizon, it’s going to take a major cataclysm to oust campaign coverage from the top slot on the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s news coverage chart, at least until the primary process reveals the top-ticket nominees for each party." That’s what we wrote last week about news coverage. The talk crowd, during the week of 12/9/07-12/14/07, took this to the extreme, giving the campaign exactly half — 50% — of available time and space. They just missed doubling the 26% devoted by the news crowd. Talkers also made room for domestic terrorism (12%), the baseball steroids scandal (6%) and immigration (5%). An astounding four topics made the top ten talk list with only a 1% share.