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a historic amount of press coverage?

I kept thinking to myself Self, the press is really inundating me with coverage of the Obama ascension. Then I thought Well, that’s probably normal since electing a new president is kind of a big deal. So, probably nothing to it. Via Insty, turns out, I was maybe wrong:

President Barack Obama’s inauguration generated an unprecedented 35,000 stories in the world’s major newspapers, television and radio broadcasts over the past day — about 35 times more than the last presidential swearing-in — a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

Well, Bush’s second term probably wasn’t as big of a deal since it was just more of the same. I wonder what the comparison would be in coverage to Bush’s first term. Speaking of more of the same, The Daily Show does the Hope & Change thing.

4 Responses to “a historic amount of press coverage?”

  1. Scott Says:

    Isn’t this completely to be expected with the increase in old media’s awareness of the Internet?

  2. Guav Says:

    It SHOULD generate an unprecedented 35,000 stories in the world’s major newspapers, television and radio broadcasts—it is unprecedented that we have elected an Africa-American president, or has Insty forgotten that part.

    Objectively, it is a historic election, and it is indeed world news.

  3. SayUncle Says:

    But the stories aren’t about a black president. Seem more gratuitous hopey/changey stuff. YMMV.

  4. Manish Says:

    SU..the stat for Insty is probably aren’t being inundated with worldwide stories, but American stories. Obama becoming President was a big story worldwide both because he is black and because he’s captured the imagination of many people in the world.

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