Health Bill Was Focus for Liberal Talk Show Hosts

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

When scholars assess how the Democratic Congress managed to pass a landmark health care overhaul in 2010, they might assign a bit of the credit to liberal talk show hosts.

A new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism finds that health care was a “much bigger topic” for liberal hosts like Keith Olbermann and Ed Schultz than for conservative hosts like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.

In a report released on Monday, the organization said it found that the liberal hosts spent 44 percent of their airtime talking about health care from June 2009 to March 2010, while conservative hosts spent 26 percent of their airtime on the subject. More…