Le Top 5 de l'actualité américaine (1-6 Avril) selon le Pew Research Center:

Top 5

Nine months before any citizen casts a vote, what was once called the “invisible” or media primary for the 2008 presidential race is well underway. Only now it is hardly invisible.

Last week’s first quarter fundraising statistics were not treated as a minor inside story about money, for instance, but as a major milestone for establishing frontrunners and expectations. Romney and Obama, by exceeding those expectations, were the big winners. McCain and Clinton were, by media calculations at least, the losers.

With dollars driving the narrative, the campaign was the second biggest story last week, filling 10% of the overall newshole for the week of April 1-6, according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index.

This marked the 12th consecutive week the campaign has been one of the five biggest stories in the U.S. media. Since mid-January—when Obama announced his exploratory committee—the only subject that has generated more overall coverage is the debate over Iraq.

Whether a cause of the press coverage or a reflection of it, according to the Pew ResearchCenter for the People & the Press there is more public interest in this campaign than there had been in early stages of previous presidential races. (About half those surveyed in April were following the 2008 race “very” or “fairly closely” compared to 27% who said they were following the 2004 campaign closely in May 2003.)

The one story that topped the presidential campaign last week was the conflict with Iran, (13%), a subject fueled by the Iranian-British hostage crisis that was resolved with the release of the 15 captives on April 5. That was followed by the Iraq debate (9%), a topic fueled in part by the controversy over John McCain’s upbeat assessments of the security situation inside Iraq. Spurred by a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate emissions, global warming (5%) was the fourth biggest story.

The Media Primary Keeps Rolling