PEJ News Index: Libya Tops National News Coverage

Domestic news coverage focused on Liz Taylor's passing
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Libya was the top news
story last week in terms of major nation media coverage, and by a wide margin,
overtaking the nuclear aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
But the biggest domestic story was not the economy or a potential budget battle
on the Hill but the death of iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Libya occupied 47% of
the news hole of those major outlets compared to only 15% for Japan, the
reverse of the week before, when Japan had a 57% share and Libya only 17%.
Taylors' death was the third biggest story at 7%, topping the economy at 6% and
sleeping air traffic controllers at Reagan National Airport in Washington at
2%.

That is according to the
latest Project For Excellence in Journalism News Coverage Index for March
21-27.

The index looks at
stores from 52 national news outlets in online, network TV, cable, radio and
print.

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