PublicationsJune 23, 2011

Angry Bloggers Ask, “Where’s the Money?”

Bloggers last week dug into a financial disaster surrounding a controversial war. On Twitter, science stories, including an eclipse and global warming, led the way. And the top YouTube video showed the downside of a social media misstep.

PublicationsJune 18, 2011

GOP Debate Drives Campaign Coverage to New High

The 2012 campaign was the top story last week as Republican hopefuls met in a New Hampshire debate that produced some media winners and losers. Worries about the economy were a close No. 2. And three weeks after the initial scandal broke, Anthony Weiner’s resignation was major news.

PublicationsJune 16, 2011

Scandal Sets Pelley Apart

Scott Pelley made his debut as anchor of the CBS Evening News June 6—the same day Anthony Weiner admitted to sending lewd photographs using Twitter. How did Pelley cover the scandal compared with rival networks?

PublicationsJune 16, 2011

On Twitter, iOS 5 is the Apple of Their Eye

The new Apple operating system sent Twitter users buzzing last week while bloggers kept a close eye on a courtroom battle over the new health care law. And on YouTube, Sarah Palin’s retelling of Paul Revere’s ride was the lead video.

PublicationsJune 15, 2011

Current's New Direction

In a move that has generated plenty of media interest, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann will debut his “Countdown” show on the Current TV cable network on June 20. That could represent something of a new start for a young cable operation that is searching for eyeballs and attention.

PublicationsJune 13, 2011

Weiner’s Bad Week is the No. 1 Story

The media were riveted last week by a made-for-headlines scandal involving one of the more combative members of Congress. The U.S. economy, the chaos in the Mideast and the emerging presidential race also generated significant attention, but they could not rival a story about the intersection of sex and politics.

PublicationsJune 9, 2011

Bloggers Return to Politics and Palin

For the first time in two months—driven largely by the Sarah Palin bus tour—the news discussion on blogs turned back to politics. On Twitter, business strategies for social media and concerns about global warming led the way. And on YouTube, the economic crisis in Spain was the subject of the two most popular videos.

PublicationsJune 8, 2011

The Campaign Retakes its Place in the Spotlight

The 2012 presidential election may have started off more slowly than four years ago, with candidates only recently beginning their formal campaigns. But the race has picked up recently, and so has the media’s attention. How has coverage changed this year and how does it compare to that of 2008 Presidential Race?

PublicationsJune 5, 2011

The Economy Leads, but Politics Lurks

Bad economic news became a political story last week as analysts evaluated the impact on President Obama’s fortunes. Sarah Palin’s bus tour drew as much attention as Mitt Romney’s presidential announcement with the campaign generating its highest level of coverage yet. And two political scandals provoked much speculation and one indictment.

PublicationsJune 2, 2011

Crime and Punishment Lead on Blogs

A Supreme Court decision forcing California to release thousands of prisoners due to overcrowding received harsh criticism from bloggers last week, while others weighed in on the arrest of a suspect in a brutal baseball game beating. On YouTube, an interview with Jon Stewart on The O’Reilly Factor garnered the most attention.