June 10, 2008

Follow-Up Failure in Texas

141%

That’s how much more coverage the Texas raid of a polygamist ranch received compared to the ruling later reversing it.

It was major news in early April when state authorities began removing hundreds of children from a polygamist sect in Eldorado, Texas — capturing 7% of the overall newshole on April 7 and 8, as measured by PEJ’s News Coverage Index — but media interest waned significantly when a Texas Court ordered authorities to return the children to their families in late May. Media coverage of that pivotal ruling, on May 29 and May 30, accounted for only 2.9% of the newshole. Read More