Talkers spread out the topic smorgasbord


During the week of 7/22-27/07, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, talkmeisters stuck to their usual script, in which they take the top topics on the news and amplify them. They took #1 news story, the 2008 campaign, up from 12% to 18% of available time, and upped #2 topic Alberto Gonzales from 6% to 9%. A murder story out of Connecticut and the immigration debate each got 6% of the hole, and then the talk world's attention began to drift in all directions (just as the news attention did in a relatively slow week). Terror, Iraq, health care, Michael Vick, Lindsay Lohan and the fired attorneys all subject to a modest amount of chin music.