You know how the saying goes…it’s the economy, stupid. Despite the midterm political frenzy which has seemingly taken over the news cycle this year (following the political Obama frenzy that preceded it in various forms) the economy has dominated the so-called newshole this year according to the Pew Research Center. From their latest study:
Even though the 2010 campaign did not heat up until the primaries began in earnest in the spring, it is now the third-biggest story of the year to date, accounting for 7% of the newshole, according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index. The No. 1 story in 2010 thus far has been the economy (12%), followed by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill (9%)
Needless to say the year is not over yet, and judging by how the midterms dominated the news cycle last week — “accounting for 26% of the newshole from Sept. 27-Oct. 3” compared to just 9% for the economy — it’s entirely possible the biggest story of 2010 will be the nation’s midterm elections. Or at least the nation’s midterm elections seen through the funnel of Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell, Nikki Haley, Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, and Carl Paladino. The question remains, however, are we and/or the state of the nation’s democracy, the better for it?
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