PEJ New Media Index: Bloggers Weigh in on the Tea Party

Aug 04, 2011

The top story on blogs last week was the debt ceiling drama unfolding in Washington. Bloggers aimed their commentary on one of the key players in that drama-the Tea Party.

For the week of July 25-29, almost one quarter (23%) of news links on blogs were about the debt ceiling, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. And while several stories were linked to, the one that triggered a heated debate involved Republican Senator John McCain's unflattering reference to the Tea Party as hobbits- characters in J.R.R. Tolkein's  Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Bloggers seized on McCain's remarks to express their opinions on the Tea Party, and the response was largely mixed. Some rebuked the Tea Party while others praised it. 

Read the full report, Bloggers Weigh in on the Tea Party, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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