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The Bloomberg Boomlet Drives 2008 Campaign Coverage

The 2008 presidential contest was the leading story last week, filing 11% of the newshole in the period from June 17-22, according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index. (It was the top event in the cable (18%) and radio (12%) sectors last week.) And about 45% of all the campaign stories PEJ examined involved Bloomberg.

It seemed like everybody was talking about New York’s mayor. He and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger were the smiling cover boys on the June 25 issue of Time magazine. Writing in the June 24 Washington Post, Ed Rollins, who helped direct Ross Perot’s 1992 third-party candidacy, basically embraced the idea of a Bloomberg run in a column headlined, “Come on In, Mike. It Could Be a Wild Ride.”

“Here at home, a political bombshell tonight,” was how CBS anchor Russ Mitchell broke the news of Bloomberg’s party change on the June 19 newscast. “There has been speculation Bloomberg might run for president as an independent.”

“Can a brilliant—and he is—successful—and he is—competent—he’s proven to be—Jewish executive be elected President of the United States?” That’s the question liberal radio talk host Ed Schultz asked his listeners on June 20.

That same day Bloomberg’s hometown paper, The New York Times, ran this page-one headline that was sober without foreclosing any options: “Bloomberg Cuts Ties to G.O.P., Fueling Further Talk of ’08 Bid: Mayor Faults Both Parties as Timid on Big Issues.”

While the Bloomberg boomlet fueled coverage of the White House race, violence and tensions in the Middle East also generated major attention last week. The major U.S. offensive, “Operation Arrowhead Ripper,” against Iraq insurgents helped make events in that country the second-biggest story of the week (9%). The situation on the ground in Iraq was the top story in the newspaper (10%), online (15%) and network TV (12%) sectors.

Given the continuing fallout from the Palestinian fighting that effectively gave Hamas control of the Gaza Strip and left Fatah in charge of the West Bank, the Palestinian crisis was next at 7%.

Two breaking-news tragedies also made the top-10 story list. The disappearance of pregnant Ohio woman Jessie Davis (her body was subsequently found and her boyfriend charged with her murder), was the fourth-biggest story at 5%. And the June 18 furniture store blaze that claimed nine firefighters in Charleston, South Carolina was the number six story at 3%.

Immigration was the fifth-biggest story (4%) with the fate of the controversial immigration bill hanging in the balance. While coverage is likely to spike if there is a final legislative showdown this week, the story cooled a bit last week after being the top subject from June 10-15.

The Bloomberg Boomlet Drives 2008 Campaign Coverage