PEJ New Media Index: Bloggers Debate Hurricane Hype

Sep 08, 2011

Hurricane Irene dominated the conversation on blogs last week, triggering a passionate debate about whether the news media overhyped the storm that struck the East Coast the weekend of August 28.

For the week of August 29-September 2, discussion about Hurricane Irene was the No. 1 subject on blogs, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. The majority of bloggers took issue with critics who asserted that the press had overhyped a storm that left more than 40 people dead and caused billions in damage.

Two different pieces criticizing the press for overplaying Irene sparked much of the debate: one came from Howard Kurtz of The Daily Beast and another from Toby Harnden of the Daily Telegraph. 

Read the full report, Bloggers Debate Hurricane Hype, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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