Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
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.
Social Media Deride TSA Security Measures
Anger and frustration over the new TSA airport security measures boiled over on blogs, Twitter and YouTube.
Security Stories: Economy, Airport Screening Top News
Even with no major new developments, the economy remained the top story in the news. The TSA’s air safety efforts also received heavy coverage.
Obama “Shellacking” Captures Coverage
The media narrative last week portrayed a weakened president buffeted by events from all sides as the economy reclaimed the No. 1 spot..
Blogs: Don’t Give War a Chance
Online criticism of a David Broder column produced a kind of blogosphere bipartisanship and unanimity rarely seen on crucial political and policy issues.
The culmination of the 2010 midterm elections proved to be the biggest weekly story in two years, filling 57% of the newshole.