New Media Index: Debate Over Downtown Mosque Continues to Dominate Blogs' Shared Links

GroundZeroMosque.jpgThe proposed mosque and community center in downtown Manhattan near Ground Zero continued to dominate the list of news links shared by bloggers, while Google’s introduction of the ability to make phone calls via Gmail was the most-Tweeted news story, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was a collection of television ads in Portuguese for Tiririca, a clown who is running for Congress in Brazil, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of Aug. 23-27.

The debate over the mosque accounted for 23 percent of news links shared by bloggers, and it was followed by: an article in The Washington Post about House Minority Leader John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) call for a mass firing of the Obama administration’s economic team due to its inability to create jobs, at 15 percent; a USA Today report about budget cutbacks in some cities forcing local law-enforcement agencies to cut back their responses to lesser crimes, at 12 percent; Washington Post previews of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally Aug, 28 in Washington, D.C., also at 12 percent; and, each with 6 percent, a Los Angeles Times report about the effectiveness of local teachers, and stories about the administration of President Barack Obama.


Google’s Gmail phone calls accounted for 13 percent of news links shared via Twitter, followed by: the British economy, at 12 percent; the relaunch of Chatroulette, at 11 percent; a CNET article about Apple’s application for a patent that would prevent iPod owners from “jailbreaking” their devices, at 9 percent; and a recall of Fruiti Pops frozen fruit bars due to a typhoid outbreak, at 6 percent.

The Brazilian clown was followed on the list of most-viewed news and politics videos on YouTube by: Raw footage from Russia Today of Philippine commandos storming a bus in Manila, ending an 11-hour standoff; Philip Defranco discussing his opinions on celebrities and robots; Brazilian presidential candidate José Serra accidentally cursing in Portuguese on TV; and Filipino Television’s live coverage of the standoff in Manila.