Pew: Hurricane Top Media Story, Economy Coverage Minimal

Hurricane Irene was a Category 2 storm when it made landfall just east of Morehead City, N.C.

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.

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Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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