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.
That is according to the latest Project For Excellence in Journalism News Coverage Index for March 21-27.
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%.
The PEJ index looks at stores from 52 national news outlets in online, network TV, cable, radio and print.