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Pew Research CenterFebruary 23, 2009

Divisions over Obama; Solidarity on OJ

Those not arguing about the popularity of the president blogged to save an iconic brand.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 20, 2009

It’s Time to Link to the Muppets

While the economy was far and away the most discussed topic online, many sought refuge in Kermit, Fozzie and other Jim Henson creations.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 18, 2009

Press Pivot: Vote and Polls Change Tone

Obama may not control the message, but he still controls the agenda.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 13, 2009

Stimulating Debate Online

New and old media diverged on their stimulus package coverage, with many pundits in the traditional press debating political impact and new media types advocating for or against the package.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 11, 2009

The New Face of Washington’s Press Corps

The corps of journalists covering Washington D.C. at the dawn of the Obama administration is not so much smaller as it is dramatically transformed. And that transformation will markedly alter what Americans know and not know about the new government, as well as who will know it and who will not.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 10, 2009

The First 10 or So Days

Less than three weeks into the new administration, many among the media talking-heads were declaring it a failure, one asking if it was the roughest debut in recent presidential history.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 6, 2009

Blogs an Outlet for Economic Outrage

Story of zombie road sign competes with politics and economic news on web.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 4, 2009

Reality Bites: Economy Fouls Mood

Almost as unprecedented as the historic coverage of Obama’s inauguration was the media’s quick pivot to questioning the efficacy of his stimulus package, political clout and pledge of bipartisanship.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 30, 2009

Bloggers Ponder Every Aspect of Obama’s Inauguration

From the preparations to the swearing-in to the music, President Barack Obama’s inauguration was by far and away the dominant subject debated and dissected by bloggers, user news sites and other social media last week.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 28, 2009

Obama’s Inaugural Week: Heavy Media Focus Turns from Symbols to Substance

Thanks to nearly non-stop coverage of an historic inauguration, the new Obama administration dominated the agenda. The leading storyline was the pomp and circumstance of the inauguration itself. But that was a multi-layered narrative that involved everything from the logistics of handling two million spectators to the extensive analysis of his address.