One-third of news links on blogs last week were about Bachmann
In a rare case of the same subject interesting both bloggers and Tweeters, Michele Bachmann was the No. 5 story on Twitter from June 26 to July 1, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ).

The two main storylines that grabbed the attention of bloggers were Bachmann receiving government aid despite her condemnation of government handouts and the candidate’s confusion of John Wayne, the actor, with John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer.

PEJ also reports:
* On Twitter the new Google+ social networking tool took top billing, with 35 percent of news links for the week.
* The No. 2 story on Twitter, with 11 percent of links, was about global warming, all from British publications.

* On YouTube, a supposed UFO sighting over London drew the most attention last week, generating two of the five most popular news-related videos.
> Pew’s latest News Interest Index survey was also released today

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  • web development bangalore

     I might have just missed it (and if so, enlighten me), but I’ve never seen any evidence that she confused Wayne with Gacy. 

  • Dan Mitchell

    I’m no fan of Bachmann, who frankly appears to be mentally vacant and has lots of scary, if half-formed, ideas, but did she really confuse John Wayne with John Gacy? Or did she merely mix up her Iowa towns? Did she even know that Gacy was from Iowa at all? It seems to me, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, that this was a minor gaffe (albeit one in a long list of gaffes both major and minor.) I might have just missed it (and if so, enlighten me), I’ve never seen any evidence that she confused Wayne with Gacy. It seems much more likely that she merely misidentified which town Wayne was from. And, big deal.

    Bachmann is a reliable source of idiocy, so there’s no need to make stuff up. Those who hunger to ridicule her will have another “the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery” to work with soon enough, I think.