According to the PEJ News Coverage Index, the phone hacking scandal filled 17 percent of the newshole on network morning shows. Rupert Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff noticed the interest, and tweeted on Monday: “I’m on Today show again tomorrow –second day in A block. This story must be huge — and interesting to the women of America.” Online the subject filled 21 percent of the newshole studied, reports Mark Jurkowitz. “For the week, Murdoch himself was the second most prominent newsmaker, behind only President Obama.” The No. 1 story last week — for the fourth consecutive week — was the U.S. economy, which accounted for more than a third (37 percent) of the newshole.
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