PEJ New Media Index: Crime and Punishment Lead on Blogs

Jun 02, 2011

Bloggers displayed a strong law and order streak last week as two crime and public safety topics combined to account for nearly half (47%) of the news links studied by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

From May 23-27, the top story on blogs (34% of the news links) was the May 23 U.S. Supreme Court ruling ordering California to release thousands of prisoners due to overcrowding, making it the No. 1 subject, according to PEJ's New Media Index.

The Court's 5-4 decision found that the overcrowding led to "needless suffering and death" among prisoners. But that position held little sway with most bloggers who were upset with the ruling and far more concerned about a threat to public safety than any dangers posed to the inmates.

Read the full report, Crime and Punishment Lead on Blogs, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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