I got to this by going from Instapundit to the BBC (The Beeb) to the Pew Trust. The BBC Article was "Online politics reserved for rich."
The minor headline is "US civic engagement remains in the hands of the middle-class despite hopes that the internet would democratise political involvement."
Reading the article one comes away with the impression that the BBC thinks that the rich people (those making at least $100,000 per annum) are running politics in the US and that the rest of us are down at the poverty line, making less than $20,000. Perhaps it is because being the UK the idea of a true Middle Class is missing. Something is missing.
Here is the key paragraph:
According to the report 35% of US adults on incomes of at least $100,000 (£62,000) participate in two or more online political activities compared to just 8% of adults on incomes of less than $20,000 (£12,000).Now, check out the chart. What do we see? We see a steadily increasing involvement in politics and in politics on line as income increased. Frankly, this should not be surprising. When I was making $222.30 a month, plus room and board, I spent less time on politics and news magazines and newspapers—the sort of internet of the day. I wrote one Senator in about ten years. He never returned my letter and I then didn't vote for him for President.
Later, when I have more disposable income and more disposable time I spent more time thinking about politics and doing something about it, within the limits of my employment.
I think the reporter was either (1) lazy, (2) totally non-analytic or (3) looking for facts to back up his or her prejudices.
I would call this one a hit for that reporter.
Regards — Cliff
PS: Here is the Pew Trust Report in PDF Format.