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Media & News Jan. 19, 2011

Media Analysis: How the Press Covered the Tragedy in Tucson

A discussion about the tenor of political discourse in America, including its role as a potential catalyst for violence, was the leading media storyline in the aftermath of the Arizona tragedy.

Media & News Jan. 13, 2011

New Congress, Same Divisions Online

Echoing the mainstream press, the blogosphere focused its attention on the new, Republican-led House. Shockingly, liberals and conservatives had different reactions.

Media & News Jan. 12, 2011

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.

Media & News Jan. 11, 2011

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.

Media & News Jan. 6, 2011

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.

Media & News Jan. 4, 2011

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.

Media & News Dec. 29, 2010

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.

Media & News Dec. 21, 2010

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.

Media & News Dec. 16, 2010

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 & News Dec. 14, 2010

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.