PEJ New Media Index: A Tax Compromise and a Wikileaks Controversy Capture Social Media

Dec 16, 2010

The online community weighed in heavily on the tax cut deal struck between President Obama and congressional Republicans. In this case, the greatest split came among the liberal commentators themselves who were divided in their assessments of the deal.

For the week of December 6-10, 15% of the news links on blogs were about the tax cut accord, making it the No. 1 subject, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Public survey data from the Pew Research Center showed strong support across party lines for the agreed upon tax cuts. Within the active blogger community, though, greater nuance arose, revealing a tension among liberals as to whether to support the benefits the cuts will bring or criticize the President for the compromise.

Read the full report A Tax Compromise and a Wikileaks Controversy Capture Social Media on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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