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Gotcha and Mini-Scandals Fuel the Year’s Biggest Campaign Week

With six weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, the campaign for the White House has become a story that no longer requires an overarching theme to dominate the news. Last week, a host of mini-scandals—to some perhaps, tempests in teapots and games of gotcha—were enough not only to make the campaign the No. 1 story last week, but to make it the biggest week for campaign coverage in 2007.

At the same time, the state of emergency in Pakistan transformed itself in press coverage into a joust between two personalities. And O.J. 2.0 continued.

By the numbers last week, the campaign overwhelmed everything else. The No. 1 story of the week, the race for president filled more than a fifth of the newshole (21%) as measured by PEJ’s News Coverage Index. That was the highest weekly total for campaign coverage so far this year.

Coverage of events in Pakistan dropped by more than half. The story fell from comprising 17% of the newshole in the week of November 4-9 to 7% last week. But that still made it the second-biggest story of the week, and Pakistan is the only country other than Iraq and Iran this year to remain a top-two story for two weeks running. (Iran made up 12% and then 13% of the newshole the weeks of March 25 and April 1.)

The other top stories of the week were events on the ground in Iraq (5% of the space in print and online and time on television and radio of outlets measured in the Index), the Iraq policy debate at home (3%) and the baseball steroids scandal (3%), thanks largely to the Nov. 15 indictment of home run king Barry Bonds.

It was also a week that highlighted the differences between different kinds of the media. In newspapers, Pakistan was the biggest story of the week (12% of the space in the front page stories in the papers examined), and at 13% of the newshole on online news sites, it rivaled the campaign (14%) in that sector. But on cable, Pakistan was hard to find. It was the No. 12 story of the week, making up just 1% of the airtime. On cable, O.J. Simpson was far bigger news, the No. 2 story of the week, filling 8% of the newshole. And the fate of Stacey Peterson, the policeman’s wife who has gone missing, was the No. 5 story. (By contrast, the Peterson case was not a front page story in any of the 13 newspapers examined.)

Gotcha and Mini-Scandals Fuel the Year’s Biggest Campaign Week