report | May 30, 2011

A Heartland Tragedy Seizes the News Agenda

The latest outbreak of violent spring storms proved to be the biggest weather story in PEJ’s four years of tracking news coverage. An election in New York State turned into a major economic story and the prospect of a Palin candidacy helped drive coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign last week.

report | May 25, 2011

Public Stays with bin Laden Story; Media Focus Shifts

  Overview Americans continued to express strong interest in news about the death of Osama bin Laden and its ramifications last week, even as news coverage of the story continued to decline. About a quarter of the public  (27%) says they followed reports about the killing of bin Laden and its impact on U.S. relations […]

report | May 22, 2011

DSK Arrest Leads the News, but Politics Looms Large

It was a diverse news week that started off with the arrest of the IMF chief, but ended with the media focused on strained U.S.-Israel relations and the problems with the GOP presidential field. Meanwhile, attention to the aftermath of the bin Laden raid continued to diminish dramatically.

report | May 18, 2011

Interest in bin Laden Now Tops News Coverage

Overview Public interest in the killing of Osama bin Laden has declined since the week U.S. forces raided his compound in Pakistan. But news coverage of bin Laden’s death has fallen more precipitously. About a third of the public (32%) says they followed this news more closely than any other story last week, down from […]

report | May 14, 2011

Bin Laden Coverage Still Leads but the Narrative Changes

The fallout from the killing of Osama bin Laden continued to generate the most attention of any story in the mainstream media last week, though coverage fell off substantially. On cable news, where politics often dictates news agenda, the level of attention varied widely: CNN devoted the most attention to the story and Fox gave it the least.

report | May 12, 2011

Social Media React to Bin Laden’s Death

The death of the al Qaeda leader drove the social media conversation last week, as bloggers and Facebook and Twitter users examined numerous themes—ranging from fear to humor—that emerged in the wake of the May 1 raid that killed the al Qaeda leader.

report | May 11, 2011

Death of bin Laden: More Coverage than Interest

Overview While the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by U.S. military forces attracted a near-record amount of news coverage, public interest in the story has been comparatively modest. Just more than four-in-ten (42%) say they followed news about the Al Qaeda leader’s  killing more closely than any other news last week. One-in-five (20%) […]

report | May 8, 2011

Osama bin Laden’s Death Continues to Dominate the News

The killing of Osama bin Laden accounted for more than two-thirds of all news coverage last week as the media spent much of it trying to piece together exactly what happened in that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. And that proved to be an ever-changing and evolving narrative.

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