Media, Politics

PEJ: Weiner Was Top Story in Press Last Week


From June 6-12, the saga accounted for 17% of the newshole measured by the News Coverage Index of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

That makes the Weiner saga the fourth-most covered scandal involving elected officials since PEJ began tracking news in January 2007.


For the week, Weiner was easily the dominant newsmaker, appearing prominently in 13% of the week’s stories studied by PEJ—nearly tripling the coverage devoted to President Obama (5%).

The week’s No. 2 story was the economy (11% of the newshole) although coverage slipped markedly from the previous week (19%) when gloomy reports about the jobs and housing markets fueled the news.  Last week, a mix of storylines contributed to the economic narrative.

I know the Anthony Weiner saga and the drip drip of ever more suggestive photos is like heroin for media outlets — cable especially — but I wonder about what kind of world we live in where blather about Weiner could constitute 17 percent of news coverage last week. Maybe it’s on my mind having just watched “Page One,” the new documentary about the New York Times, but these are some misplaced priorities. Doesn’t give me much hope for the future of journalism…

(hat tip: TVNewser)



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