PEJ New Media Index: Bloggers Still Focused on Health Care Debate

HealthCareProtestor.jpgThe debate over health care continued to top the list of news links shared via blogs, while the Large Hadron Collider topped the Twitter list, and the most viewed news and politics video on YouTube was footage from the British Broadcasting Corp. of former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in Haiti where Bush appears to be wiping his hand on Clinton’s shirt, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of March 15-19.

Health care finished atop the blogosphere for the third consecutive week, accounting for 19 percent of shared links. It was followed by: global warming, at 16 percent; the suicide bombings in Russia, at 10 percent; a report on BBC.com about the Cassini spacecraft orbiting a moon near Saturn, producing a temperature map that resembled Pac-Man, at 9 percent; and an op-ed by columnist Eugene Robinson in The Washington Post about the Michigan-based Hutaree militia and the rising threat from extremist right-wing groups at 8 percent.

The new scientific achievements by the world’s largest energy particle accelerator, located on the border of France and Switzerland, accounted for 22 percent of links shared via Twitter. The Large Hadron Collider was followed by: accusations of misconduct by priests, at 9 percent; the iPad, at 7 percent; Jesse James checking into a rehab facility to attempt to save his marriage to Sandra Bullock, at 5 percent; and a report on CNET about the marketing competition between Facebook and Twitter, also at 5 percent.


Shirt-wipe gate was followed on YouTube by: Vice President Joe Biden dropping the F-bomb while whispering to President Barack Obama at the March 23 health-care-bill signing; a short clip of a confused unidentified man walking out behind Obama during his speech at the health-care-bill signing; a longer BBC clip of shirt-wipe gate; and the shortened version of the same incident.