By JD Chang
It’s a well publicized theory that the main stream media has an “Obama bias”, that they tend to be more forgiving for his mistakes while often praising his strengths. This so-called bias is hard to pin down, but what about actual media hits?
TrendPo Pro took a look at the amount of articles that Obama and Romney were mentioned in from Sept. 1st to now. The chart on the left shows National Media (see definition below) and the right shows Beltway Media. A “mention” is counted any time the candidate was named in any article, regardless of who else was in that article and/or how many times he was named in that article. So this isn’t a chart signifying strength or bias of article, but just pure mentions. Of course, President Obama is also the incumbent president so he will be mentioned in news articles (especially by Beltway news organizations) which Gov. Romney may not be.
Interesting to see that President Obama is clearly mentioned in more news articles than Governor Romney. But, also interesting to see that the trajectories of article mentions in National Media is closely tied together whereas it’s much less in the Beltway Media.
National Media includes: WSJ, LATimes, NYTimes, WaPo, HuffPost, Fox News, CNN, USA Today
Beltway Media includes: Politico, The Hill, Roll Call
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