Beltway Realignment — and a Shocking Interruption
Until the shocking weekend shooting of an Arizona congresswoman dramatically altered the narrative, the prospects of political conflict from a new Congress and changes in the White House dominated last week’s news agenda.
The Year in News 2010
A review of three different research efforts by the Pew Research Center finds the economy was the No. 1 story of the year, the narrative evolving but with a continuing undercurrent of apprehension. Other big stories: the Haitian earthquake, the health care reform debate, the Gulf oil rig explosion, and mid-term elections.
Economy Leads on Blogs
New unemployment measures were the dominant subject among bloggers last week; the buzz among Twitter users was all about rumored Apple iPad upgrades.
Online News a Winter Wonderland
The first East Coast snowstorm of the season — and complaints about the cleanup effort — managed to surpass coverage of the U.S. economy in online news.
Blogs: [Acronym Deleted]
WikiLeaks has captured attention on blogs in a way few stories ever do. But this week’s online conversation mostly centered on the name of a CIA panel investigating the controversy, which resulted in an acronym commonly used in internet slang.
Intense Economic Coverage Continues
The tax bill drove last week’s economic coverage, accounting for about two-thirds of it. A Virginia judge’s ruling put health care policy back in the news.
Splitting Blogs Over Tax Policy
Liberal bloggers split over the tax deal, while conservative commentators mostly applauded the agreement but gave little praise to Obama.
Media Weigh Tax Deal
News coverage was dominated last week by the tax deal between Obama and congressional Republicans. The tax debate accounted for a whopping 77% of the airtime studied on the cable and radio talk shows.
Blogs and Twitter Talk WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks was a popular topic across social media, but while blogs stayed political, Twitter users focused on the technological and international aspects of the story. The death of actor Leslie Neilsen, drew equal attention on blogs.
WikiLeaks Data Dump Drives News
Attention to the economy reached its highest level in 20 months and a major document dump cemented WikiLeaks’ status as a significant newsmaker.