Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Bloggers Debate Growth of Government
Almost a third of the news links on blogs were to an article reporting that one-in-six Americans are on government assistance programs like Medicare.
Hurricane Earl Spares East Coast, But Hits Media
The huge storm triggered FEMA warnings, evacuations and at times, near apocalyptic media coverage.
Blogs Continue Islamic Center Debate
Bloggers on both sides of the issue took part in a discussion that was as much about the motives of those having the argument as the Islamic center itself.
Politics Tops Media Agenda, Again
The midterm elections led the week’s news for the second time in three weeks.
Blogs Debate New York Mosque
Debate over the mosque controversy raged online again, but in contrast to last week, bloggers in support of the Islamic center lead the discussion.
How the Media Covered the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster
The disaster in the Gulf dominated the news for the 100 days following the initial rig explosion. A media analysis finds the mainstream press spent considerable time reporting from the region and humanizing the crisis.
Islamic Center Tops Media Agenda
The controversy over a New York Islamic center dominated ideologically driven talk shows on both cable TV and radio — but registered barely a blip in mainstream newspapers.
Blogs Not Neutral on Google
Bloggers roundly criticized Google for seemingly softening its support of network neutrality — the concept of treating all internet traffic equally across a network.
Campaign Coverage Heats Up
The midterm elections led the news last week. For the first time since the crisis began in late April the Gulf oil spill was not among the top three topics reported on in the media.
Bloggers Applaud Gay Marriage Victory
More than a quarter of the news links on blogs were about the Proposition 8 decision. The commentary was overwhelmingly positive.