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Pew Research CenterSeptember 9, 2010

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.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 8, 2010

Hurricane Earl Spares East Coast, But Hits Media

The huge storm triggered FEMA warnings, evacuations and at times, near apocalyptic media coverage.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 2, 2010

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.

Pew Research CenterAugust 31, 2010

Politics Tops Media Agenda, Again

The midterm elections led the week’s news for the second time in three weeks.

Pew Research CenterAugust 26, 2010

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.

Pew Research CenterAugust 25, 2010

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.

Pew Research CenterAugust 24, 2010

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.

Pew Research CenterAugust 19, 2010

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.

Pew Research CenterAugust 17, 2010

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.

Pew Research CenterAugust 12, 2010

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.