PEJ: Most covered politicians of 2011 include 6 Republicans, 4 Democrats

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A new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism (via Romensko) shows that Gabrielle Giffords’ appearance in the news this week was no anomaly. The Arizona congresswoman, recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, is second only to President Barack Obama as the most covered politician of 2011. Behind Giffords is Anthony Weiner, who is followed by six Republicans, several of whom are running for the GOP presidential nomination. Rounding out the top 10 is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

  1. President Obama: 2,046 stories
  2. Gabrielle Giffords: 328 stories
  3. Anthony Weiner: 234 stories
  4. John Boehner: 221 stories
  5. Sarah Palin: 155 stories
  6. Donald Trump: 140 stories
  7. Newt Gingrich: 136 stories
  8. Michele Bachmann: 121 stories
  9. Mitt Romney: 120 stories
  10. Hillary Clinton: 110 stories

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.