New Media Index: Bloggers Slice Into Tax-Cut Accord; WikiLeaks Dominates Twitter

Bloggers shared the most news links about the deal between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress on tax cuts, while the WikiLeaks saga accounted for the most Tweeted news links, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was an interview with Thomas Gottschalk, host of German game show Wetten Dass (Bet It), after 23-year-old contestant Samuel Koch attempted to jump a car using spring-loaded stilts known as “kangaroo shoes” and suffered major injuries, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of Dec. 6-10.

The tax cut represented 15 percent of news links shared via the blogosphere, and it was followed by: an editorial in The Washington Post criticizing movie Fair Game, at 13 percent; Pope Benedict XVI agreeing to use a solar-powered popemobile, at 12 percent; and at 10 percent apiece, WikiLeaks and a BBC article about conservationists in China successfully mating giant pandas which could allow them to be reintroduced into the wild.

“Cablegate” made up 33 percent of Tweeted news links, and it was followed by: Twitter at 19 percent; Google at 12 percent; Apple at 8 percent; and Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg agreeing to join the “giving pledge” created by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to donate most of his wealth to charity, at 7 percent.

The game-show debacle was followed on the list of most-watched news and politics videos on YouTube by: another German news report about the same subject; a fake video from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that depicted Obama kicking down a door after a press conference; an anonymous police officer in Spain saving a man who had fallen on the tracks of a subway just before a train arrived; and on-air profanity from BBC presenter James Naughtie.

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