PEJ New Media Index: Bloggers Debate Both the Cain and Kardashian Stories

Nov 10, 2011

The sexual harassment allegations lodged against Republican Herman Cain animated social media last week as many bloggers came to the candidate's defense. While some criticized Cain's response to the charges, most of the conversation came from conservatives who condemned the press.

For the week of October 31 to November 4, the 2012 campaign and specifically Cain's scandal was the No. 2 subject on blogs, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The subject also received significant coverage in the traditional media last week as multiple women accused Cain of sexually suggestive behavior during the time he was the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. According to a PEJ special report and campaign update, the tone of Cain's coverage in the mainstream press was distinctly negative as the allegations surfaced, and Cain received more attention in a single week than any Republican candidate so far in the 2012 race.

Read the full report, Bloggers Debate Both the Cain and Kardashian Stories, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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