The culmination of the 2010 midterm elections proved to be the biggest weekly story in two years, filling 57% of the newshole.
Parsing Election Day Media
In today’s news landscape, both mainstream and new media sources shape the narrative. A new PEJ study finds that no single unified message reverberated throughout the media universe in the wake of the November 2 voting and what one learned depended largely on where one got the news.
Global Warming Believers Rally on Blogs
The recent rise in federal worker salaries took the No.1 spot in the blogosphere, but global warming was again a hot topic. For a change it was the believers — not the skeptics — leading the discussion.
Midterms Dominate Coverage in Final Week
The elections accounted for 42% of the total newshole, and filled a majority of the airtime on cable and radio.
Tea Party favorites O’Donnell and Palin generated partisan reactions in the blogosphere.
Media Ride Electoral Wave
The midterms accounted for 38% of the total newshole, up substantially from 28% the previous week, and registering as the No. 1 story in all five media sectors.
Blogs Debate, Tweets Celebrate
While bloggers concerned themselves with the charges of fraudulent foreclosure procedures, Twitter was immersed in cheers for the rescue of the Chilean miners.
Media Coverage Splits Between Midterms and Miners
An underlying theme of political coverage was that the 2010 campaign has been distinguished by a particularly pungent brand of politics. In contrast, the uplifting story of the Chilean miners
Each of the top five subjects in the blogosphere focused on the election or a closely related subject.
Midterms Coverage Doubles Economy Coverage
The midterm elections have registered as the top news story for four consecutive weeks, and have accounted for fully a quarter of the overall newshole in that time, easily outdistancing the No. 2 story in that period, the economy, at 12%.