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Media & News Sep. 16, 2010

Blogs Talk Iraq, Rugs

One-quarter of the news links on blogs were about the war in Iraq. Nearly as many bloggers focused their attention on the new rug in the Oval Office.

Media & News Sep. 14, 2010

Anti-Muslim Sentiment Makes News

Coverage of a pastor’s plans to burn the Koran and the controversy over the planned Islamic center completely overshadowed coverage of Sept. 11 commemorations.

Media & News Sep. 12, 2010

A New Phase in Our Digital Lives

Some people describe it as The End of the Internet, though that is probably a misnomer. Others, at the risk of cliché, might call it News 3.0.

Media & News Sep. 9, 2010

Bloggers Debate Growth of Government

Almost a third of the news links on blogs were to an article reporting that one-in-six Americans are on government assistance programs like Medicare.

Media & News Sep. 8, 2010

Hurricane Earl Spares East Coast, But Hits Media

The huge storm triggered FEMA warnings, evacuations and at times, near apocalyptic media coverage.

Media & News Sep. 2, 2010

Blogs Continue Islamic Center Debate

Bloggers on both sides of the issue took part in a discussion that was as much about the motives of those having the argument as the Islamic center itself.

Media & News Aug. 31, 2010

Politics Tops Media Agenda, Again

The midterm elections led the week’s news for the second time in three weeks.

Media & News Aug. 26, 2010

Blogs Debate New York Mosque

Debate over the mosque controversy raged online again, but in contrast to last week, bloggers in support of the Islamic center lead the discussion.

Media & News Aug. 25, 2010

How the Media Covered the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

The disaster in the Gulf dominated the news for the 100 days following the initial rig explosion. A media analysis finds the mainstream press spent considerable time reporting from the region and humanizing the crisis.

Media & News Aug. 24, 2010

Islamic Center Tops Media Agenda

The controversy over a New York Islamic center dominated ideologically driven talk shows on both cable TV and radio — but registered barely a blip in mainstream newspapers.