Weekly Media Recap #47
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Weekly Media Recap #47

Bitcoin, as covered in the mainstream media.

In this edition

EOW closing BTC price: $66,629

Date range:  June 10 - June 16, 2024

Last week's Bitcoin coverage touched on a variety of topics.

Let's dive into the three major themes:

1. Bitcoin's Role Outside The West

2. Trump’s Endorsement of Bitcoin Mining

3. The Current State of Bitcoin Mining and AI

Weekly Snapshot

The amount of mainstream media mentions last week. Source: https://bitcoinperception.com/data/
Sentiment analysis across all outlets. Source: https://bitcoinperception.com/data/
Leaderboard of the most published reporters/contributors last week. Source: https://bitcoinperception.com/data/

Bitcoin's Role Outside The West

Positive stories about Bitcoin's impact in the Global South are often ignored by larger media outlets, with Forbes being a notable exception.

Their contributors are highlighting Bitcoin’s transformative power in regions that mainstream media frequently overlooks, showcasing its practical benefits in otherwise neglected areas.

Huang noted,

"The Financial Freedom Track at the Oslo Freedom Forum offered a sense of how Bitcoin had grown in terms of financial maturity and (more importantly) its global impact."

This underscores Bitcoin's increasing role in promoting financial freedom and human rights.

Trump’s Endorsement of Bitcoin Mining

The political divide is clear when it comes to Bitcoin mining and Trump’s support.

Reuters, Forbes, and Fox News delve into the strategic reasons behind the story, while The Independent and Washington Post focus primarily on the anti-Trump angle, missing the broader implications of his stance on Bitcoin.

Below are the balanced takes 🟢

  • Reuters' Gursimran Kaur reported a balanced view of Trump’s vision for U.S.-dominated Bitcoin mining to enhance energy dominance and economic security.
  • Forbes’ Robert Hart echoed this balanced sentiment, emphasizing the strategic importance Trump places on Bitcoin mining.
  • Fox News' Eleanor Terrett and Timothy Nerozzi added depth, stating that "Bitcoin is a key route to energy dominance, as well as the 'last line of defense' against a centralized digital currency controlled by the U.S. government."

Below are the negative takes 🔴

  • The Independent's Richard Hall and Andrew Feinberg offered a critical view, arguing that Trump’s pro-Bitcoin stance is a strategic move to gain political support, stating, "Desperate to return to the White House for a second time, Trump is selling off his legislative agenda to donors — even when that means reversing old promises."
  • Washington Post's Philip Bump was similarly critical, suggesting Trump's focus on Bitcoin mining is more about political gain than genuine interest, noting, "The focus, added to his stump speech this year, is likely more of a response to shifts in support than a driver of it."

Bitcoin Mining And AI

Yet another strong week of focus on mining as the media continues to draw connections between Bitcoin mining and AI.

  • This connection raises ongoing concerns about Bitcoin’s environmental impact in the age of AI from Time's Andrew R. Chow who warned that "Artificial intelligence is causing the rapid construction and usage of massive data centers around the world—potentially imperiling climate goals."
  • CNBC’s MacKenzie Sigalos reported a positive angle, highlighting that Trump’s belief that Bitcoin mining could help the U.S. win the AI arms race suggests a strategic role for Bitcoin beyond financial markets.