Several controversies — including the growth of anti-poverty programs, what liberals think of conservatives and the nature of President Obama’s opposition — stirred up divisive online conversation.
Heated commentary and even inflammatory accusations ensued from both sides of the political spectrum and often seemed to result in the ideological foes talking past each other.
For the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 3, almost a third (32%) of the news links on blogs linked to a USA Today article reporting that one-in-six (and rising) Americans are on government assistance programs like Medicare. That made it the week’s No. 1 subject in the blogosphere, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.