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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The "Mosque" and the Media
The proposed Islamic community center to be built a few blocks from the site of the 9-11 attacks, which has been dubbed by some in the media as the "ground zero mosque" dominated news coverage for the third week of August, receiving 15% of total news coverage (compared to 9% for the ending of the Iraq War and 7% for the economy). But it only received 3% of the coverage in newspapers, compared to 24% of radio coverage and 29% of cable news airtime. Most strikingly 45% of airtime on cable talk and opinion shows (that is, not straight news programs) was devoted to the controversy.