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article imageReligion not covered by mainstream media as much as some think

By Tim O'Brien     Mar 5, 2012 in World
It takes a couple of months to compile and research the entirety of the previous year, but now that has been done with the religion coverage for 2011.
Pew Research has listed the top items in the category and has noted, that, like usual, the mainstream media doesn't extensively cover it. Sure, it may seem like it when a button is pushed, but the reality is muted.
Pew found that the biggest religion stories in the news during 2011 centered on tensions over Islam and the U.S. presidential campaign. Of those, more than half of the stories with political overtones involved Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith.
The differences with the traditional versus the social media outlets were many. None of the top religion-related subjects among bloggers in 2011 was a top story in traditional media outlets.
Some of the social media toppers involved for bloggers included the Rapture predictions of a Christian radio host, and science and religion.
On Twitter, there was only one week during 2011 when a religion-focused story appeared among the top five.
The top stories were:
1. Religion in the 2012 election, 13.1 percent
2. "Radical Islam" Congressional hearings, 9.4 percent
3. Anti-Muslim sentiment, 6.7 percent
4. Westboro Baptist Church, 4.4 percent
5. Religion and September 11 commemorations, 4.2 percent
6. Catholic priest and abuse stories, 3.9 percent
7. Terry Jones Koran burning, 3.7 percent
8. Role of religion and the Arab Spring, 3.4 percent
9. Religion and education, 2.1 percent
10. Death of Osama bin Laden, 1.7 percent
Now, focusing more on the social media aspect, PEW offers up these. About two-thirds (63 percent) of adults say they currently maintain a profile on a one of those sites. Nearly six-in-ten (58 percent), say their main profile is set to be private; around 19 percent set their profiles to partially private and 20 percent say their main profile is all public.
Ever deleted a "friend"? You are not along as 63 percent of them have deleted people from their "friends" lists. That is up from 56 percent in 2009. The research suggests that 44 percent have deleted comments made by others. Meanwhile, 37 percent have removed their names from photos that were tagged to identify them.
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