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Pew: Hurricane Top Media Story, Economy Coverage Minimal

August 30, 2011 by  

Pew: Hurricane Top Media Story, Economy Coverage Minimal

According to a report compiled by, a division of the Pew Research Center, last week’s biggest newsmaker on television was Hurricane Irene, amassing about 30 percent of all coverage. Only about 6 percent of coverage was devoted to the economy. Coverage measured for all media outlets combined put Mideast unrest at the top of the list with about 26 percent of coverage, followed by Hurricane Irene with 21 percent, East Coast earthquakes with 9 percent, the economy with 8 percent, and the 2012 Presidential election with 5 percent of the whole.

The report last week differs from preceding Pew reports that put the economic crises at the top of the list two weeks ago, followed by the 2012 Presidential election, Mideast unrest, the European economy and the immigration debate. Economic coverage, following the debt ceiling mess last month, was the top story at the beginning of the month with nearly half of all coverage being economy related.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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