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Soccer Matters, At Least for A Little While

Bob Bradley re-signed as the United States men’s national soccer team manager on Monday. The announcement, which came as something of a surprise, helped vault the the coach into the top five of United States trending Twitter topics and into the world top 10.

The news caused outlets around the globe to pen stories. Google lists 560 articles about the decision and the image in this post shows there were more than 270 penned Monday afternoon, up from basically zero on Friday. The US national team, it appears, matters in America.

Google Trends, however, tell a different story. Details, pictures after the jump. Read more

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Inauguration Notes: The Week After

• The Los Angeles Times’ James Rainey writes about some “bad media habits” displayed during the recent Inauguration coverage — “the tendency to follow the pack, to embrace critiques if they are buttressed by a politician’s allies and, especially, to get swept up in the mood of the moment.” Also a focus of the story is the amount of money spent on this Inauguration, garnering far less attention than for President Bush’s Inauguration. “The critics attacked Bush more fiercely and in greater numbers four years ago,” writes Rainey.

Nancy Franklin writes about watching cable television on Inauguration Day in this week’s New Yorker magazine. “What really illustrated the rainbow that was Washington during the four days of pomp and parties wasn’t the commentators’ words but the images,” she writes. Also, although she expected different Fox News coverage, it didn’t materialize. “All the foxy newsies I saw were well behaved and enthusiastic, and I had very little to hang my antipathy on,” she writes.

• Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie talks with Meet the Press moderator David Gregory about how the press has handled the first week of the Obama administration. “I went through that with the Bush administration where there was a period where people thought the press went too light with him,” he says. “There is a period where the press is going to give [Obama] some room to get to do what he says he’s going to do. And then there’s time to match that up with the reality of the record. This is a period of chronicling.” He also discusses the new job and the downsizing in the media.

Debate Reaction: Debating Ifill

ifill_10-3.jpgAfter a busy week, including a broken ankle and something the cablers may have touched on about a book, Gwen Ifill moderated last night’s vice presidential debate. How’d it go? Some reaction:

• The Los Angeles Times’ James Rainey labels Ifill a “true journalist” in his story’s headline. “Gwen Ifill of PBS demonstrated abundant dignity as referee of the much-anticipated debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden,” he writes. Rainey brought up the issue with her upcoming book, and wrote, “Regardless of her personal feelings, she knows how to moderate a serious political discussion.”

Brian Wingfield of Forbes had a problem with the format, but also Ifill’s moderation. “Gwen Ifill asked no follow up when the candidates dodged the first question about the bailout,” writes Wingfield. He then gives an example: “And what did Ifill say after the question about same-sex marriage? ‘Let’s move on to foreign policy.’”

• FreePress.Net, which identifies itself as a “national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media,” had thousands of Obama and McCain supporters rate Ifill’s debate performance. “Overall, her performance was praised,” writes Megan Tady.

“Friendliest Interview I’ve Seen Since Keith Olbermann Sat Down With Obama”

During Howard Kurtz‘ weekly online Q&A on Washingtonpost.com this morning, Kurtz was asked about last week’s highly rated Sean Hannity interview with Gov. Sarah Palin (an issue also discussed during yesterday’s Reliable Sources).

“It was incredibly soft. The friendliest interview I’ve seen since Keith Olbermann sat down with Obama,” wrote Kurtz.

He was also asked if Sen. John McCain will “sit down with Keith Olbermann,” now that Sen. Barack Obama has with Bill O’Reilly: “Ah — don’t hold your breath. McCain has been interviewed a number of times by Chris Matthews, though.”

Related: The Los Angeles Times’ James Rainey dismissed both Hannity’s interview with Palin and Greta Van Susteren‘s interview with Todd Palin as “infotainment.” Rainey compared Hannity’s sit-down to “the women of ABC’s ‘The View’ [who] wriggled in their seats and giggled gleefully as Obama visited last spring.”

> More: A cable insider questions Rainey’s credibility. “Did Rainey miss Olbermann’s softball interview with Obama or did he just choose to ignore it, unable to critique both sides?”