PEJ New Media Index: Bloggers Debate the Budget Deficit and Egypt’s Future

Feb 24, 2011

Though it doesn't often happen, the social and mainstream media were in sync last week as bloggers focused on two primary topics- the U.S. budget and Mideast unrest.

For the week of February 14-18, 22% of the news links on blogs were about President Obama's $3.73 trillion budget proposal, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. That subject, along with the state budget strife in Wisconsin, topped the mainstream agenda as well last week.

The president's budget proposal included a projected $1.6 trillion deficit, which was a concern for bloggers on both sides of the political aisle. However, conservatives and liberals linked to dueling columns from the Washington Post to support their differing views of the economic debate.

Read the full report Bloggers Debate the Budget Deficit and Egypt’s Future on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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