Car Dealership Closings Draw Wide Attention
News about the car dealership closings is as big as last fall’s bank failings. Also, who watches “Idol”?
Public Sees Less Glum News About Economy
Gender gaps emerge on top stories. Men follow the economy and Manny; women prefer the flu and first face transplant operation.
Virus Goes Viral Online
While most Americans are turning to TV to learn about the swine flu, the internet ranks as the leading source for “useful” information.
Fox News Stands Out as “Too Critical” of Obama
Top newsmakers included an allegedly murderous Sunday school teacher, a highly placed dog, a startling new singing sensation and a retiring sportscaster.
Most Now Say News Paints Mixed Economic Picture
Far more Republicans hearing at least some good economic news.
Obama’s Trip Closely Followed
Obama’s trip to the G-20 summit got a good deal more attention than Bush’s first international summit travel in 2001.
Little Sign of Obama Fatigue
In contrast to the campaign, only a third say they are hearing too much about Obama. But there are wide partisan differences on perceptions of his media coverage.
AIG Taxes Broadly Supported
Most Americans found the media attention the AIG received appropriate and a majority supports Congress’ response to tax the bonuses.
Public Sees More of a Mix of Good and Bad Economic News
Though the economy remains the top story, more Americans say they heard a lot about the reports of Chris Brown abusing Rihanna than the dispute between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer.
Stop the Presses? Many Americans Wouldn’t Care a Lot if Local Papers Folded
Fewer than half say losing their local paper would hurt severely civic life; even fewer say they would miss reading it a lot.