PEJ New Media Index: Blogs Debate Budget Cuts

Mar 10, 2011

For the second time in three weeks, the blogosphere jumped into the national debate over the federal budget, the deficit and jobs. However, while the previous conversation focused mostly on President Obama's budget proposals, last week the attention was mostly on Republican plans to cut the budget.

For the week of Feb. 28-March 4, fully 37% of the news links on blogs were about the budget, easily making it the No. 1 subject, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

In recent weeks, there has been a clear delineation in the old and new media news agendas. The blogosphere has not matched the mainstream media's interest in the Middle East turmoil, which has been the dominant story there. Instead, bloggers have been more focused on hot-button domestic issues such as the budget, the Patriot Act and the labor standoff in Wisconsin.

Read the full report Blogs Debate Budget Cuts on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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