“Anemic.” That’s what the Wall Street Journal Health Blog calls the fact that health news made up 3.6% of all the news content analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism over an 18-month period ending in June.
One data point I locked into is this:
Despite ongoing debates about the future of our health care aystem, health did not become a dominant part of the 2008 primary campaign narrative. Looking at all of the presidential campaign coverage over the first six months in 2008, health-focused stories made up less than 1% of the coverage.
While the analysis ended in June, I’ll go further and predict that a systematic analysis of the June – November period would show that health policy coverage didn’t improve any.
The report concludes:
“Given the small portion of national news information that is dedicated to the health care system, it may be difficult for the public to become fully knowledgeable about the state of our system and potential changes under debate.”