Coverage of the economy, headlined by President Obama's speech about deficit reduction and raising taxes on the wealthy, made up 23% of the news hole for major national media during the survey period of Sept. 19-2.,
That made the economy the top story for the third week in a row, according to Project for Excellence in Journalism's latest News Coverage Index, which tracks coverage in 52 media outlets over five sectors.
The presidential election came in as the second-most-covered story with 11% of the news hole. The main storyline was Texas Governor Rick Perry's widely panned debate performance Sept. 22.
The third biggest story (10%) was Palestine's bid for statehood at the UN and President Obama's veto threat.
The execution of Troy Davis (4%), despite the recantation of testimony by a number of witnesses, and coverage of the looming government shutdown as the deadline for passage of another stopgap spending bill approached were tied for fourth.