While reporters are salivating over the evolving political scandal about fired federal prosecutors, the public is yawning, reports Journalism.org, website of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. According to PEJ's News Coverage Index, the scandal has been second to the Iraq war in total coverage for the year. Yet the story has exposed a disconnect between news producer and news consumer. While journalists appear fascinated by this battle between Congress and the White House, the public has yet to evince great enthusiasm for it.
According to a News Interest Index survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, only 8% of the public said the U.S. attorneys story was the one they followed most closely in the week of March 12. Preliminary results from last week indicate that citizen interest in the subject is up only marginally, despite the even higher level of media coverage.