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TV news broadcasts ignore economy

The network evening news programs are not providing the public with the information voters find most important during the election year, such as the economy, healthcare and education.

As a study by Media Tenor, a non-partisan, independent institute analyzing the presidential campaign coverage shows, the share of the coverage dealing with these issues remains small on the three major networks' evening news broadcasts.

In the first week of August, reports on the economy made up merely 3.1% of the analyzed media coverage. The average share of the coverage in the past three months was 3.7%.

In the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, respondents were asked to name the single most important issue in their vote for president this year. For 26% of the participants, the most important issue is the economy, while 19% named Iraq and only 18% considered the war on terror a decisive factor in their vote.

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Posted by Isadora Badi at August 11, 2004 3:22 PM