Bloggers Track the Nuances of the Health Care Debate
During a Christmas week when the Senate passed its version of health care reform, social media devoted more attention to the subject than it had at any time this year. Bloggers also focused on an international grassroots campaign. On Twitter, a Blackberry outage led the way, while on YouTube, questions about the attack on the Italian Prime Minister drew significant attention.
Health Care Coverage Dominates the News
The Project for Excellence in Journalism did not issue a News Index report this week, but the data is available.
Health Care Leads the Week, But Economy and Climate Stay Strong
Due to inclement weather, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism is not publishing a full Weekly News Index report for December 14 – 20. PEJ is, however, making the data available.
Global Warming Debate Rages on in Social Media
Last week, bloggers gave more attention to the subject of global warming than at any time this year. And while skeptics continued to focus on “Climate-gate,” defenders were more vocal than in previous weeks. On Twitter, the growing Tiger Woods scandal earned the most attention. And on YouTube, a feisty exchange between the White House press secretary and a reporter was the most viewed news video.
When Off-the-Field Exploits Make Major News
Tiger Woods’ problems have consumed the tabloid press and some of the mainstream media since a series of reported affairs came to light after his November 27 car accident. But even with all that attention, the Woods episode is not the biggest newsmaking sports scandal of the past few years. Which other athletes have found themselves in the headlines for the wrong reasons?
Economy and Health Lead but Climate Change Gains Attention
The economy and health care continued to lead the news last week as they have so often in recent months. But global warming, thanks in part to a controversy over emails, received a record level of coverage.
A Minaret Ban and “Climate-gate” Stir Online Discussions
A vote in Switzerland to ban the construction of Muslim minarets and controversies over global warming research led conversations in the blogosphere last week. On Twitter, it was a story about a local billboard campaign with unintended consequences. And on YouTube, a pop singer made her second appearance in recent weeks.
Global Warming Generates Little Heat in the Media
Global warming and environmental issues generated significant media attention last week, thanks to leaked emails from a top climate research facility and the start of the Copenhagen meeting on climate change. But a PEJ examination of media coverage finds that the subject is not often a major newsmaker.
Hispanics in the News
Hispanics are already the largest minority group in the United States, 16% of the population,—and that percentage is expected to nearly double by the middle of this century. How is this growing population portrayed in the American news media? A new study produced jointly by PEJ and the Pew Hispanic Center looks at coverage of Hispanics over six months of 2009.
Afghanistan Dominates While Two Scandals Fascinate
The President’s long-awaited decision on how to wage war in Afghanistan was the No. 1 story last week, surpassing coverage of the two big domestic issues—the economy and health care. But a scandal-scorched athlete and some White House party crashers found their way into the top stories as well.