Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
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%.
Blogs Take Test of Faith
Pew Forum’s religious knowledge survey was the No. 1 topic on blogs last week. A majority of bloggers celebrated news that atheists and agnostics scored the best.
For the Media, it’s the Elections, Stupid
The midterms were a quarter of the newshole last week, and have been the third most covered story of the year, behind only the economy and the Gulf oil spill.
Bloggers War over ’Obama’s Wars’
Many bloggers seized on a passage from Woodward’s book to argue that the president is indifferent to whether America is attacked by terrorists again.