Per PEJ, from Sept. 29-Oct. 5, “the financial crisis received the most attention from the media for any non-campaign story in a given week other than the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007,” at 45% of all news coverage. Within campaign-related news coverage, “storylines surrounding the Oct. 2 debate between vice presidential contenders Sarah Palin and Joe Biden eclipsed the economy as the No. 1 campaign narrative” (“financial crisis reactions” placed second).
Surprising: The topic of “O.J. Simpson” made the Top Ten Stories discussed on radio (number six) and in newspapers (number ten). But The Juice didn’t crack the top ten topics discussed online or on cable (there were only two topics on cable last week: the financial crisis and the campaign; topics 3 through 10 on cables Top Ten list each received “<1 percent” of coverage.
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.