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