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Pew Research CenterMay 1, 2009

Two Hot Topics Heat Up the Net

While stories about torture and gay marriage both stirred passions, the pattern of responses in social media was very different.

Pew Research CenterApril 28, 2009

Media Metric: Obama’s 100 Days of Press

Obama is getting much more positive press coverage than Bush or Clinton. One reason is that he is getting good reviews in both front-page stories and editorials.

Pew Research CenterApril 24, 2009

Tea Party Protests, Pirates & Puppies

Unlike past weeks, social media looked a lot like the mainstream media.

Pew Research CenterApril 21, 2009

Stock in Economic Story Drops

As news about the economy gets modestly better the story is attracting less press than it did when things seemed more dire. “Tea parties” Rorschach test for media.

Pew Research CenterApril 17, 2009

Blogs, Not Press, Feature Gay Marriage Story

Bloggers devoted far more attention to same-sex marriage than any other story with most applauding the legislative gains for gay couples.

Pew Research CenterApril 14, 2009

Pirates Capture Media

Press coverage of the economic meltdown hit a record low for the year last week. Pirate drama was the No. 1 story online, in network TV, radio news and cable news.

Pew Research CenterApril 10, 2009

Blogs Ditch Recession Talk

None of the top online stories registered in the top-10 list for the traditional media last week.

Pew Research CenterApril 8, 2009

Media Follow Obama, Economy to Europe

The president’s trip abroad gives an international flavor to a now familiar story.

Pew Research CenterApril 3, 2009

Blogs: Mixing Tough News with Escapism

While pressing public policy dominated the blogs, the No.2 story online involved a secretly painted 60-foot image of a male body part.

Pew Research CenterMarch 31, 2009

Geithner’s Plan: From Goat to Godsend

AIG rage was replaced — at least for a week — by media praise for a previous economic “villain’s” bank plan.