Le Top 5 de l'actualité américaine (13-18 mai) selon le Pew Research Center:
Turmoil Inside Iraq Leads the Week's News
Last week was one of the rare times this year when events inside Iraq generated more news coverage than the Washington-based policy debate over the war. And it marked the first time in 2007 that the bloodshed in Iraq—which filled 10% of the overall newshole—was the biggest story of the week, according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index for the period from May 13—May 18.
As horrific as the honor killing story was—and as much as it says about the sectarian divisions plaguing that country—it was only a very small part of last week’s coverage of the situation in Iraq. The topic that dominated reporting inside Iraq was the continuing search for three missing U.S. soldiers who were taken, reportedly by Al Qaeda, during a May 12 ambush. More than half the stories about events inside Iraq last week were devoted largely to the hunt for the three missing Americans.
Also contributing to coverage of the situation in Iraq was the news that Britain’s Prince Harry would not be headed to the war zone because of fears he would be exposed to an unacceptable threat level.
Two weeks ago—fueled by the news that some GOP legislators had bluntly informed President Bush of their concerns about the war—the Iraq policy debate was the dominant story, filling 14% of the newshole. Last week, it fell to the fifth biggest story, generating only 5% of the overall news coverage.
After events inside Iraq—which led the online and network news sectors—the second biggest story of the week (also at 10%) was coverage of the already crowded 2008 Presidential race. Next was the debate over immigration, which attracted its highest level of attention for the year (9%). That was thanks primarily to the announcement that the Senate and White House had reached agreement on a compromise proposal.
Three other top 10 stories last week were not directly about politics, but they all had significant political implications.
The death of Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell (fourth biggest story at 6%) triggered a lively debate about his role in making conservative Christians a core element of the Republican Party. The resignation of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz (sixth biggest story at 4%) was ostensibly about a conflict of interest involving a pay raise for his girlfriend. But the backdrop to the resignation drama, and a likely source of resentment against him, was Wolfowitz’s role as an intellectual architect of the war with Iraq.
And last week’s dramatic Congressional testimony by former deputy attorney general James Comey was the eighth biggest story at 3%. Comey testified about how, in 2004, then White House counsel Alberto Gonzales went to the hospital room of a seriously ill Attorney General John Ashcroft to try and seek recertification oft the administration’s controversial warantless wiretapping program.
If there had been a growing sense that the beleaguered Gonzales—with the backing of President Bush—would likely survive the probe into the firing of the eight U.S. attorneys, Comey’s recollection of the sickbed incident seemed to create new doubts about the Attorney General’s job security