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?

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  • 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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