With the 'round-the-clock media storm surrounding the murder trial of Casey Anthony dying down, we can finally assess the damages. Just how much coverage did this case get? The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism crunched the numbers and found that the July 5 decision, in which Anthony was found not guilty of killing her toddler, was the most covered verdict in the American media since 2007, when the center began collecting data.
Pew says that 17 percent of the news coverage between July 4 and 10 for the four dozen news outlets in the center's index was on the Anthony trial. Compare that to cases such as the trial of Scooter Libby in 2007, which received 13 percent of that week's news coverage, or the Rob Blagojevich trial last year, which received 6 percent of the media's attention. There is one case, though, that the Pew Center is certain got more play in the news: that of O.J. Simpson in 1991.
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