PublicationsDecember 29, 2011

Bloggers Argue over the 2011 “Lie of the Year”

On blogs, PolitiFact’s decision to call out Democrats for lying about GOP plans for Medicare led to a heated political argument. And on YouTube, viewers were fascinated by the public outpouring from North Korean citizens following the death of Kim Jong Il.

PublicationsDecember 18, 2011

The Media Turn the GOP Race into a Two-Man Battle

Attention to the Republican nomination fight increased last week with Iowa looming and Gingrich and Romney locked in campaign combat.

PublicationsDecember 15, 2011

Bloggers Recall the Year in Pictures

A set of moving photographs that helped define the year 2011 generated major attention in the blogosphere (and also helped BuzzFeed have its busiest day of online traffic ever). Teen singers dominated the conversation on Twitter and a Mexican presidential candidate’s gaffe was the most popular news video on YouTube.

PublicationsDecember 11, 2011

The Gingrich Rise Fuels Campaign Coverage

One GOP candidate has not only soared in the polls recently, he’s become the focal point of news coverage as well. A presidential speech drove coverage of the week’s No. 2 story, the economy.

PublicationsDecember 8, 2011

A Black Mark for Black Friday Sparks the Blogosphere

An incident involving a woman attacking fellow shoppers with pepper spray during a Black Friday sale got the attention of bloggers last week.

PublicationsDecember 3, 2011

In its Last Week, Cain’s Campaign Dominates Election Coverage

Herman Cain was in the campaign spotlight one final time last week, as he ended his presidential run in the wake of new allegations. Some good news on both the domestic and foreign economic fronts fueled coverage of the No. 2 and No. 3 stories.

PublicationsDecember 1, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Protests Inspire Digital Defense

A pepper-spraying incident at UC Davis set off a viral video on YouTube and critical commentary on blogs. In addition, conservative commentator David Frum received rare kudos from liberal bloggers.

PublicationsNovember 19, 2011

Biggest Week Yet for Occupy Wall Street Coverage

Tensions drove Occupy Wall Street coverage to its biggest week so far and an interview with Jerry Sandusky ushered in a second week of major coverage of Penn State’s sexual abuse scandal.

PublicationsNovember 17, 2011

Bloggers Remember Andy Rooney

Bloggers last week took time to salute Andy Rooney, a stalwart of the old media universe. Meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street protests led on Twitter.

PublicationsNovember 13, 2011

Two Explosive Scandals Top the News

With additional women coming forward with sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain, the 2012 presidential race was the No. 1 story for the second week in a row.