Media & News Oct. 8, 2009

Mother Nature Makes News

A trio of tragedies — a typhoon, a tsunami and an earthquake — combined to make Sept. 28-Oct. 4 the second-biggest week of natural disaster coverage in 2009, confirming again the tendency of network newscasts to devote significant coverage to such disasters. An interactive feature charts media coverage of these and other disasters of recent years.

Media & News Oct. 8, 2009

Celebrity Jeopardy: Blogs Talk Polanski

The Roman Polanski saga generated three times the news links as did the second-largest story in the blogosphere.

Media & News Oct. 6, 2009

Media Fan Olympic Flame

Obama’s decision to lobby directly to bring the games to Chicago provided grist for the partisan Washington mill last week.

Media & News Oct. 5, 2009

Covering the Great Recession

The gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression has been covered in the media largely from the top down, told primarily from the perspective of the Obama administration and big business.

Media & News Oct. 1, 2009

Blogs: Under the Table and Screaming

Rants about troop levels in Afghanistan and Dave Matthews’s comments about the element of racism in opposition to Obama dominated the blogosphere.

Media & News Sep. 30, 2009

Foreign Policy at the Forefront

Taking a detour from the health care debate, the media moved to foreign affairs, covering the UN and continuing their recent scrutiny of Afghanistan.

Media & News Sep. 24, 2009

Blogs Focus on Obama Critics

Online, three storylines dominated a week spent in large part in assessing the president’s standing with the American public.

Media & News Sep. 22, 2009

Race Captures Media Coverage

From early February through mid-September, Obama’s race was a significant factor in only 1% of the stories in which he was a lead newsmaker. Last week, his race was a significant element in fully 25% of the stories in which he was the prominent figure.

Media & News Sep. 17, 2009

Giant Rat, GOP Outburst Online

The blogosphere’s attention was evenly split between the discovery of a new giant rat species and Rep. Joe Wilson.

Media & News Sep. 15, 2009

’You Lie’ Gets Healthy Coverage

Analysis of Obama’s speech and Wilson’s outburst together accounted for nearly half of the news about health care .