No surprise to you TVNewsers, but Sen. Barack Obama‘s ties to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright dominated news coverage last week. The PEJ’s campaign coverage index found the Obama/Wright relationship was the focus of 37% of the week’s campaign stories.
As a result, Obama received his highest level of coverage this year, appearing as a significant or dominant factor in 72% of the campaign stories. Sen. Hillary Clinton trailed far behind with 30%.
Election coverage overall filled 39% of the newshole last week, up 12 points from the previous week. Cable dedicated 73% of its airtime to the campaign.