Le Top 5 de l'actualité américaine (29 avril-4 mai) selon le Pew Research Center:

Actualité USA

Iraq War, with Subplots, Dominates the News 

The controversy generated by Tenet’s new book was the fourth biggest story last week, filling 5% of the overall newshole, according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index from April 29 through May 4. But the Tenet tempest was really part of a bigger subject—the conflict in Iraq—that continues to dominate the media landscape like no other issue, and which last week spawned many different story lines.

The internal U.S. debate over Iraq policy was the week’s second biggest story, at 12% while the situation inside Iraq was the third leading story at 7%. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s delicate diplomatic tango with Syria (she talked to its foreign minister) and Iran (she didn’t meet with its foreign minister) at last week’s conference on Iraq’s future was the sixth biggest story (4%). The impact of the Iraq war on the American homefront, while failing to make the top story list, attracted 1% of the overall coverage.

All combined, those five Iraq-related stories accounted for 29% of the news coverage last week, clearly making the war the dominant broad theme.

And that doesn’t include the opinions about Iraq expressed by the Republican presidential hopefuls at their May 3 debate in California. That gathering of 10 GOP hopefuls helped make the 2008 presidential race—filling 13% of the newshole—the top single story of the week. The campaign was the top story only the newspaper sector (11%). But if finished a close second to the Iraq policy debate in network TV and in a virtual first-place tie with it in cable news and radio.

The other top-five story last week was the immigration debate, (fifth place) which was driven by the May 1 rallies across the country. At 5% of the total coverage, the topic tied its high-water mark for the year. Not surprisingly, it generated the most attention from cable news (11%), where CNN’s Lou Dobbs is a tireless advocate for an immigration crackdown.

Iraq War, with Subplots, Dominates the News