Top news stories of 2012

The Associated Press has released the results of the annual poll of American editors and news directors on the top news stories of the year.  I like these features as a helpful way to look back on the year.  Here are the top 10.  (The link has details about each story.)

1.  Mass shootings (in Newton, Connecticut; Aurora, Colorado; and others)

2.  U.S. Elections

3.  Superstorm Sandy

4.  Obamacare approved by Supreme Court

5.  Assault in Benghazi, Libya, that killed 4 Americans

6.  Penn State pedophile scandal

7.  U.S. Economy

8.  Fiscal Cliff

9.  Gay marriage advances

10. Civil war in Syria

AP Poll: Mass Shootings Voted Top 2012 News Story – ABC News.

Any disagreements?  What do you consider to be top stories that are not mentioned here?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Tom Hering

    Gosh. One whole story about something that didn’t happen in America, or to Americans, and it’s last on the list. Think we’re self-absorbed much?

  • Tom Hering

    Gosh. One whole story about something that didn’t happen in America, or to Americans, and it’s last on the list. Think we’re self-absorbed much?

  • Steve Bauer

    I’m surprised Lindsey Lohan or Sandra Fluke are in the list.

  • Steve Bauer

    I’m surprised Lindsey Lohan or Sandra Fluke are in the list.

  • Steve Bauer

    Grrrr. I meant “are not”.

  • Steve Bauer

    Grrrr. I meant “are not”.

  • Dan Kempin

    Sigh. What a depressing reminder of the media bubble in which we live. Apparently, judging from the editors and news directors’ top 5, reporting misinformation is now a credit to the story.

  • Dan Kempin

    Sigh. What a depressing reminder of the media bubble in which we live. Apparently, judging from the editors and news directors’ top 5, reporting misinformation is now a credit to the story.

  • Joe

    Egypt seems to be missing; not only was that a significant story it is an on going story – they just adopted a new constitution in the last week.

  • Joe

    Egypt seems to be missing; not only was that a significant story it is an on going story – they just adopted a new constitution in the last week.

  • Josh S

    The Olympics?

  • Josh S

    The Olympics?

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Cranach moving to Patheos.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    Cranach moving to Patheos.

  • Tom Hering

    Joe @ 5, yup, the Arab Spring was a big story. As was the Occupy Movement for the first third of the year. I guess editors and news directors have memories as short as the public’s. More recent events make up most of the list.

  • Tom Hering

    Joe @ 5, yup, the Arab Spring was a big story. As was the Occupy Movement for the first third of the year. I guess editors and news directors have memories as short as the public’s. More recent events make up most of the list.

  • Joe

    Tom @ 8 – good call on the Occupy Movement. I don’t think it would be high on the list, but ought to be on it.

  • Joe

    Tom @ 8 – good call on the Occupy Movement. I don’t think it would be high on the list, but ought to be on it.

  • http://derekjohnsonmuses.com Derek Johnson

    You know it was a bad year for a presidential election if it’s not the top news story of the year. Good grief, could you have hired better candidates off of craigslist?

  • http://derekjohnsonmuses.com Derek Johnson

    You know it was a bad year for a presidential election if it’s not the top news story of the year. Good grief, could you have hired better candidates off of craigslist?


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