Pew: Senator Kennedy’s Death Dominates Headlines

Health care (followed by Afghanistan) has dominated the headlines this summer- until last week’s death of Senator Ted Kennedy, as reported by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Coverage of Senator Kennedy’s death accounted for 27 percent of news- that’s more coverage than that of any other political or celebrity figure since PEJ began the News Coverage Index in 2007. Michael Jackson is second with 18 percent. Health care accounted for 11 percent of coverage last week. We’re sure that’s back up this week.