PublicationsNovember 2, 2010

The Midterms’ Media Mainstays

Whether the 2010 congressional elections prove to be a referendum on him or not, Barack Obama has been the top newsmaker in this election cycle. But a PEJ look at the other top politicians reveals a strong showing by tea party candidates and a fascination with a heated gubernatorial fight.

PublicationsNovember 1, 2010

The Media Roar into the Midterms

Attention to the crucial midterm congressional elections reached new heights last week, accounting for nearly half the overall news coverage. The top stories also included the economy, a new terror plot, the conflict in Afghanistan and fresh revelations about the BP oil disaster that dominated coverage in the summer. 

PublicationsOctober 28, 2010

Two Tea Party Icons Trigger Blogosphere Battles

The online rhetoric heated up last week as bloggers from the left and right responded to statements from two controversial GOP figures. On Twitter, users marveled over an unorthodox space launch while on YouTube, the subject of UFOs was front and center.

PublicationsOctober 27, 2010

When the Press Covers the Press

NPR’s controversial firing of analyst Juan Williams became a media boomlet last week generating commentary from many quarters. How big a story was it compared with other media stories that have made big news in recent years? PEJ looks at the list of top newsmakers from the news industry since January 2007.

PublicationsOctober 25, 2010

2010 Midterm Coverage Hits a New High

Thanks to polls, prognosticators and personal attacks, the congressional election cycle galvanized the news media last week. The economy finished as the No. 2 story, with the foreclosure crisis once again driving the narrative. And a noteworthy news industry firing, that of NPR’s Juan Williams, triggered an impassioned journalistic and political debate.

PublicationsOctober 21, 2010

Social Media Debate a Mortgage Mess, Science and Religion

The country’s ongoing mortgage crisis sparked outrage from many bloggers last week while others discussed the compatibility—or lack thereof—between faith and science. On Twitter, images of the rescued Chilean miners drew cheers. And on YouTube, a movie star’s surprise visit to a school received millions of views.

PublicationsOctober 18, 2010

Political Rhetoric and a Dramatic Rescue Lead the News

Thanks to some bruising campaigns and controversial remarks, the 2010 midterms led the mainstream news agenda again last week as an outspoken gubernatorial candidate moved to the center of the narrative. And the happy conclusion to the story of the 33 trapped Chilean miners, captured on live television, finished as a strong No. 2 subject.

PublicationsOctober 14, 2010

For Bloggers it’s the Two E’s — Election and Economy

With the 2010 midterm season upon us, bloggers of various political stripes last week focused intently on politics and the state of the U.S. economy. On Twitter, technology topics again led the way. And the most popular YouTube video was a phony satirical story about a young pop idol.

PublicationsOctober 12, 2010

Skirmishing in Key Races Drives Election Coverage

This fall’s big story—the 2010  midterm elections—showed little sign of abating last week as some heated campaigns sparked much of the media’s interest. Faulty foreclosure procedures helped make the troubled economy the No. 2 story, while the passing of a milestone in Afghanistan drove coverage of the third-biggest story.

PublicationsOctober 7, 2010

Bloggers React to a Religion Quiz

A survey concluding that non-believers know more about religion than believers sparked an intense and heartfelt conversation among bloggers last week. On Twitter, a disturbing discovery in a loaf of bread was the top story. And on YouTube, a Swiss politician with the giggles became an international video star.