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.
The Year in News 2011
What stories and which people generated the most news coverage in 2011? PEJ’s annual Year in the News report offers answers. The Year in News 2011 Interactive allows users to explore the data for themselves.
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.
How 2011 Presidential Campaign Coverage Stacks up with 2007
The volatile race for the GOP presidential nomination has made the campaign a major story in recent months. But how has that coverage compared to the attention devoted to the 2008 race for president four years earlier?
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.
Where People Get Information about Restaurants and Local Businesses
The internet is the source that people most rely on for material about the local business scene and search engines are particularly valued.
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.
The Palin Plunge
Once a fixture in the news, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has largely been out of the headlines for the past two months. That comes after a remarkable run of press attention to someone who was never a candidate for the presidency.
Twitter and the Campaign
A new PEJ study of the Twitter campaign conversation using computer technology reveals how the White House hopefuls fared, examines differences between the political discussions on Twitter and blogs, and updates the tone of the candidates’ news narratives.
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.