If you’ve been following the news media over the past two weeks, then you know the big stories inside and out: an Alaskan woman wrote a book and some elected officials are working on making new laws. Or so we’ve heard.
You’ve seen endless consideration given to Sarah Palin‘s Going Rogue and heard debates about health care lasting well into the weekend (even at nighttime!), and if you have spent any time at all on this very site, then you’ve seen tons of analysis of that very concentrated news coverage. To be frank, it’s all very exhausting. But the effects of these stories have a reach that extends well into the media world, even tickling the Mediaite Power Grid, leading to a little bit of rearrangement.
The passage of the health care reform bill in the House of Representatives and the beginnings of debate in the Senate have proven to be huge stories for MSNBC’s Kelly O’Donnell in the TV Reporter category, as she launched from #54 to #6, trailing the football-fueled Erin Andrews by only one spot, as she hopped from #13 to #5. The Congressional news has also provided a boon for the Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank who inched from #3 to #2 among Print/Online Reporters on the strength and prevalence of his D.C. coverage.
National news also aided Fox News’ Major Garrett as he moved from #24 to #10 among TV Reporters on the buzz of his interview with President Obama. Elsewhere, Malcolm Gladwell‘s latest book release — a collection of his New Yorker articles — took him from #5 to #3 among the Print/Online Columnists, bad reviews be damned.
And then there’s Sarah Palin and Going Rogue — never a dull moment there. Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham held on to his #1 among Magazine Editors, keeping away from constant Power Grid rival Anna Wintour of Vogue. Let’s just say the controversial Runner’s World Palin cover might have played a role, keeping Meacham’s name all over your news. Certified Palin-hater and baby-questioner Andrew Sullivan also experienced a bump, moving from #6 to #4 among TV Pundits, not too far in front of Meghan McCain, who jumped from #40 to #12, and has never been shy about Palin in politics, never shying from the I-am-woman angle.
It’s getting to the point where you have to ask yourself: Will these stories ever die? We’ll find out next week here on the Power Grid.
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