WOW but we’re self-absorbed

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in
Journalism sends out a weekly tracking report on news coverage of the presidential election, which I generally glance at. This week’s floored me:

    Last week, for the first time in nine months, another event generated more media attention than the presidential campaign. The conflict in Georgia filled 26% of the newshole from August 11-17 while campaign coverage registered at 21%, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.
    The election generated its lowest level of coverage since December 2007….

"…for the first time in nine months!"

Folks, the presidential election IS very important. But that’s not ALL that’s important. Sheesh. I guess I should take some comfort from the fact that for one week at least, we acknowledged it.

4 thoughts on “WOW but we’re self-absorbed

  1. Brad Warthen

    Apparently, we had a stroke of luck. That bit of morbid gossip tarted up as “news” occurred the same week that, miracle of miracles, we actually paid attention to Russian aggression against Georgia. And got swamped.
    The week before, the thing that dominated was ongoing tension between Hillary supporters and those Democrats who actually want to win the election — in other words, the usual monotony.

  2. p.m.

    NO, Warthen, it got swamped because the press is 88% Democrats and 5% socialists and Edwards is not a dastardly Republican, just a philandering Democrat like Clinton and as big a hypocrite as the grand press hero himself, Al “Inconvenient Chad” Gore.

  3. Dave

    Let’s not forget which current presidential candidate was sleeping with his current wife while he was still married and living with his first wife. If it wasn’t for his affair with Cindy McCain, I wonder if John McCain would have gotten into politics at all.
    But I guess the liberal media only wants to focus on frivolous things like people dying in far-off kingdoms we’ve never heard of, and not important things like some communist-supporter’s affair.


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