U.S. Politics Aug. 6, 2009

Many Fault Media Coverage of Health Care Debate

As the fight in Washington over health care reform continues to dominate public attention and media coverage, most Americans are critical of the way news organizations are explaining key elements of the debate.

Media & News Aug. 6, 2009

Blogs Chew Over Food and Health while Iran Surges on Twitter

While the mainstream media focused on the health care reform battle, the blogosphere highlighted two stories about food, and Iran updates dominated Twitter.

Media & News Aug. 4, 2009

Healthy Debate

With the talk shows leading the way, the increasingly polarizing health care story stayed firmly atop the news agenda.

Global Jul. 31, 2009

Obamamania Misses Most Muslim Countries

America’s image is on the rebound throughout much of the world, driven in large part by positive reactions to the new U.S. president. Still, a new Pew Global Attitudes Project survey finds that the Muslim world remains largely immune to Obamamania.

U.S. Politics Jul. 30, 2009

Health Care Tops Interest

The debate over health care reform has become the public’s top story. The Gate’s controversy draws more interest than other recent stories about race.

U.S. Politics Jul. 30, 2009

Obama’s Ratings Slide Across the Board

Support for Obama’s job performance — as well as his handling of health care, the economy and deficit–has fallen, but most remain confident his policies will be positive in the long term. The public supports many of his health care goals but opposes many proposals being debated in Congress.

Media & News Jul. 30, 2009

Bloggers Seize on Obama’s Slipping Poll Numbers

At the six-month point of Barack Obama’s term, conservative bloggers drove a discussion of what they saw as Obama struggling politically, perhaps for the first time in his presidency. Dr. Who’s new costume and a library book fight topped the Gate’s story in online attention-getting.

Jul. 29, 2009

Nap Time

Feeling drowsy? You’re not alone. On a typical day, a third of the adults (34%) in the United States take a nap.

Internet & Tech Jul. 29, 2009

Your Other Tube: Audience for Video-Sharing Sites Soars

The number of online adults who say they have visited an online-video site has nearly doubled since 2006, and outpaces other online pastimes such as social networking, downloading podcasts and tweeting. Watching video on sites such as YouTube is near-universal among young adults.

Media & News Jul. 28, 2009

Political Fight is Good Media Medicine

As health care reform evolved from a discussion of policy minutiae to a political fight media coverage soared, especially in debate-driven radio and cable news. Still, it couldn’t compete with a story about race later in the week.