The sex abuse scandal at Penn State has been one of the most heavily covered crime stories in recent years, reports a media tracking group.
The Penn State scandal ranks fourth among crime stories since the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism began tracking media "newshole" in January 2007. PEJ measures how much time and space media outlets devote to topics and people in the news. (For newspapers, the center counts only stories that appear on the front page.)
And yet, the coverage is not very informative. Coach Joe Paterno was fired and the president stepped down--and the students rioted. But in the end--Has football culture trumped outrage?