There’s a reason that more people are grousing about the 2008 presidential race’s early start: It’s all over the news.
According to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, campaign coverage dominated news coverage from April to May, even though Election Day is more than a year and a half away. About one-tenth of the news hole among broadcasters and cablers went to the 08 race. MSNBC clocked in with 21% of its time given to the election. Meanwhile, coverage of the war in Iraq fell.
As a perpetrator of a tiny sliver of political coverage, who am I to argue? But with falling ratings for presidential debates, you have to wonder if there will be some kind of rethinking of how much time to devote to the campaigns this early out.