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Pew: Health care again tops week’s media coverage

pewThe Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, which monitors 55 news outlets and about 1,300 stories across all media, found that health care coverage again predominated last week, filling 19 percent of the available news space between July 27 and August 2 (5-page pdf). Health care coverage — and more specifically, pontificating and polemicizing about reform issues — was most popular on radio (32 percent) and cable news (30 percent), and those numbers were significantly higher for talk shows. Newspapers, network TV and online outlets devoted less space to health; all three devoted between 11 and 12 percent of their available space or airtime to the subject. The political discussion over reform was, by far, the most popular health topic across all media.

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