What the media chooses for us to see

Sam Smith – Every day I scan one to two thousand headlines on Feedly, from over 100 sources regarded as competent. I have become curious why it is so hard to find news about good people, so as a project last evening, I broke some 600 headlines from earlier in in the day down by the individual names that were in them. What I found was that 49% cited show business characters – 19% professional ones, and 25% Donald Trump. Brett Kavanauh followed with 12%, Members of Congress and journalists at 8% each and sports at 6%. Potential Democratic presidential candidates came in at 2% (Warren and Bloomberg) and Obama and George Bush each got one mention. As did one leader of a non-profit organization

What I found in 221 headlines. Number of heads with that name or category of name followed by percent of total

ENTERTAINMENT 55 25%
TRUMP 42 19%
KAVANAUGH 26 12%
CONGRESS 17 8%
JOURNALISTS 17 8%
SPORTS 14 6%
TRUMP OFFICIALS 12 5%
STATE OFFICIALS 6 3%
CRIMINALS 6 3%
DEMO CANDIDATES 4 2%
BUSINESS 4 2%
TRUMP FAMILY 4 2%
CRIMINALS 3 1%
MICHAEL PENCE 2 1%
CITIZENS 2 1%
KAVANAUGH ACCUSER 2 1%
WRITERS 1 0%
PYSCHOLOGIST 1 0%
NON PROFIT LEADER 1 0%
GEORGE BUSH 1 0%
OBAMA 1 0%

221

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