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Bloggers Assess Motives of the Norway Attacker
Most of the posts in the blogosphere following the dramatic July 22 attacks in Norway that resulted in at least 68 deaths focused on passing along breaking news and facts, but the next biggest topic of conversation centered around the motives and ideology of the killer, Anders Behring Breivik.
Hacking Scandal Tops Twitter for a Second Week
Nearly a fifth of the news links on Twitter were about the phone hacking scandal, making it the top story on that platform, although accounting for far less than the 53% of links the previous week. The new Google+ social networking site was the second most-discussed story.
A Washington Standoff and a London Scandal Lead the News
The continuing drama over the debt standoff in Washington last week drove coverage of the economy to its second highest mark in 2011, eclipsing covering of the presidential campaign. Press attention to the scandal surrounding Ruper Murdoch’s media empire doubled in the past week.
Assessing a New Landscape in Journalism
Institutions and funders have been moving to fill the gap being left by shrinking newsrooms by backing non-profit news sites. Roughly half of these sites produce news that is clearly ideological in nature.
Twitterers Tackle Murdoch’s Tabloid Scandal
The British phone hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s media empire grabbed the attention of the Twitter universe last week in a way very few stories have. And what was being said was not kind to the beleaguered Australian magnate.
Debt Talks and Suprise Verdict Top Media Agenda
The Casey Anthony trial was the No. 1 story on both network news and cable news.
Blogs and Twitter Focus on Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign announcement created a major buzz in social media last. Most of the commentary was highly critical.
Obama and Bachmann Drive Economic and Election Coverage
The partisan differences stalling deficit reduction talks was the top story for the second week in a row, and coverage of the presidential race ranked second, fueled largely by the entry of Michele Bachmann into the race.
For a Second Straight Week, It’s the Debt Crisis and Tabloid Scandal
Two stories that have become fixtures in the headlines — the deadlocked debt debate and the intensifying News of the World phone hacking scandal — accounted for more than half of last week’s newshole, relegating other significant events to secondary status in the media.
By Nearly 3-To-1, Bloggers Criticize Obama’s Withdrawal Plan For Afghanistan
Bloggers, last week, responded strongly to President Obama’s June 22 speech about the U.S. role in the Afghan war, and, while half were neutral, negative comments outnumbered positive by a margin of almost 3-to-1.