McChrystal’s Comments Turn the Social Media to Afghanistan
Blogs and Twitter followed MSM into Afghanistan, led by fired general.
Afghan War Tops the News, Edging out Oil Spill
President Obama’s decision to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top battlefield commander in Afghanistan, a move freighted with military and political implications, vaulted the war to the top of the media agenda last week for the first time in seven months.
Oil Leak Spreads Online
Twitter’s most linked-to news stories tended to be more about BP executives, while blogs linked more often to news about the oil spill itself.
Gulf Spill Goes to Washington
As media coverage reached a new high, reports on the oil leak turned from cleanup, containment and impact to BP’s role in the disaster and the government’s ongoing response.
How the Press Covered Health Care Reform
Media coverage of the health care debate followed a roller coaster trajectory, spiking dramatically at times and plunging at other points. The media focused far more on the politics of health care than the system or plans for reform.
Israel Defenders Join Middle East Debate on Blogs
For a second consecutive week, conflict in the Middle East led the agenda in the blogosphere. But in contrast to the previous week, defenders of Israel were the loudest voices.
Oil Spill Becoming One of the Biggest Stories of the Year
The oil leak in the Gulf became the first story in 14 months to command at least 30% of the newshole for three consecutive weeks.
Media Coverage of the Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal
Newspaper coverage of the Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal grew more intense this spring than at any time since 2002, and European newspapers devoted even more ink to the story than American papers did.
The Flotilla Furor Online
The latest outbreak of Middle East violence triggered a passionate blogosphere response focused on who was to blame. Three out of the five most-viewed news videos on YouTube were scenes of the violence aboard the Turkish ship.
Oil Spill: Month-Long Top Story
In the seven weeks since the explosion, the spill saga has come to overshadow every other subject in the mainstream news agenda, registering at 22% of the newshole for the period.