Via the New York Times:
As the Occupy Wall Street message has spread across the country to cities like this one, media coverage of the movement has spread, too, to the front pages of newspapers and the tops of television newscasts.
Coverage of the movement is now equivalent to the coverage of the nascent Tea Party movement two and a half years ago, according to data released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.
The data confirms an anecdotal sense that the movement, which slowly gained speed last month, entered the nation’s collective consciousness for the first time last week, when President Obama was first asked about it at a press conference and when national television programs were first anchored from the Wall Street protest site.
In the first full week of October, according to Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, the protests occupied 7 percent of the nation’s collective news hole, up from a mere 2 percent in the last week of September. Before then, the coverage was so modest as to be undetectable by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, which surveys 52 different news outlets each week to produce a weekly study of news coverage.
The study shows that cable news and radio, which had initially ignored the protests almost entirely, started to give the protests significant coverage last week, often with a heavy dose or positive or negative opinion attached.