12/31/2007

Top news of 2007

I’ve always enjoyed year’s-end lists. Here are the top 10 news stories of 2007 as voted by members of The Associated Press (released 20 December):

#10 - IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM: Worried that the ultimate goal is a nuclear arsenal, the United States and other countries pressed Iran to halt uranium enrichment. Iran said it never had a weapons program. A recent U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), prepared by 16 intelligence agencies, concluded there was such an effort, but it stopped in 2003.

#9 - IMMIGRATION DEBATE: A compromise immigration plan, backed by President Bush and Democratic leaders, collapsed in Congress due to Republican opposition. The plan would have enabled millions of illegal immigrants to move toward citizenship, while also bolstering border security. The issues remained alive in the presidential campaign.

#8 - PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN: In a yearlong drama with shifting subplots, large fields in both major parties battled for support ahead of the caucuses and primaries that will decide the 2008 presidential nominees. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama led among the Democrats; some polls showed five Republicans with double-digit support.

# 7 - BRIDGE COLLAPSE: An Interstate 35 bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed during the evening rush hour on Aug. 1, killing 13 people and injuring about 100. The disaster fueled concern about possible structural flaws in other bridges nationwide.

#6 - GLOBAL WARMING: Warnings about the consequences of global warming gained intensity with new reports from scientific panels and a Nobel Prize to Al Gore for his environmental crusading that included the award-winning film "An Inconvenient Truth." Across the U.S., many state governments sought to cap emissions blamed for global warming.

#5 - CHINESE EXPORTS: An array of Chinese exports were recalled, ranging from toys with lead paint to defective tires to tainted toothpaste and food. Despite the high-profile problems, America's trade deficit with China was running at record-high levels.

#4 - OIL PRICES: Oil prices soared to record highs, at one point reaching nearly $100 a barrel. The high prices, which burdened motorists and owners of oil-heated homes, nudged Congress to pass an energy bill that ordered an increase in motor vehicles' fuel efficiency. (BJ note: Under-reported is the effect of higher delivery costs on grocery prices.)

#3 - IRAQ WAR: The "surge" that sent more U.S. troops to Iraq was credited with helping reduce the overall level of violence. But, thousands of Iraqis and hundreds of U.S. personnel were killed nonetheless during the year, and Iraqi political leaders struggled to make meaningful progress toward national reconciliation.

#2 - MORTGAGE CRISIS: A record-setting wave of mortgage foreclosures, coupled with a steep slump in the housing market, buffeted financial markets, caused multibillion-dollar losses at major banks and investment firms, and became an issue in the presidential campaign.

#1 - VIRGINIA TECH KILLINGS: Seung-Hui Cho, 23, who had avoided court-ordered mental health treatment despite a history of psychiatric problems, killed two fellow students in a dormitory on April 16, detoured to mail a hate-filled video of himself to NBC News, then shot dead 30 students and professors in a classroom building before killing himself. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

If you disagree with the AP ranking or don’t see an important story on the list, please leave a comment. (The Bhutto assassination occurred after the list’s release.)

The AP list, an analysis of the reanking and the runners-up for top stories of the year: LINK

4 comments:

airth10 said...

I didn't see any mention of Alberto Gonzales and the cause for his resignation.

I think that event should be high on the list, perhaps instead of the bridge collapse.

B. J. said...

Hey, buddy! First, thank you for being such a faithful reader and commenter! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Here's what the article says about Gonzales:

"Just missing the Top 10 were the Southern California wildfires and the resignation of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general."

If there was still hard-hitting, investigative reporting, the reason he resigned might have been the TOP story of 2007.

The bridge collapse and the Virginia Tech shootings were traumatice, but, IMHO, so was the attempted rescue of the coal miners only to have rescue workers killed.

I was going to write that, in my opinion, the presidential race has been the top story of the year. Then, I thought better, presuming that will be the story of the year in 2008. Once more I stoped myself, as we don't know what will be the biggest story of 2008.

(Thanks and HAPPY NEW YEAR, also, to "Eowyn," "Frodo" and "Jan.")

BJ

Eowyn said...

And Happy New Year to you, Merry. Your writings are one of the good things about 2007.

As we sit on the virtual sofa in front of the virtual fire, many look to what you will say next. And, it goes without saying, what the crazy man Frodo can possibly come up with too.

2008 will be interesting, I know that. "They" are already talking about what "event" Bush will stage . . .oh, about October. I think he's more than well set up . . .but, you know, I don't write anything off. Here we go, ready or not, 2008, Happy New Year--good will always prevail.

Anonymous said...

Jan wishes a great 2008 to everyone. Perhaps we will see more Americans get off their duff and start standing up for the American people and the needs of the masses of our people.

I think the best headline for 2007 would have been: "Congress Cleaned the White House via Impeachments."

Or, "American Troops Swarm Back
Home To Their Families."

Didn't find either one under my Christmas tree this year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May all your days be filled with good cheer.