Romney / Ryan — difference in National and Beltway Media coverage


By JD Chang

A couple days ago we showed you media trend-lines for Obama and Romney that indicated more coverage across the board for Obama. That could be expected since President Obama is also the incumbent President.

But then we wondered what the media trend-lines would be for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Does Paul Ryan appear in every article Romney is in and vice versa?

Here is their National Media mentions graph:
(A “mention” is counted any time the politician was named in any article, regardless of who else was in that article and/or how many times he was named in that article.)

Very correlated. When Romney goes up, Ryan goes up as well. When he’s less mentioned, so is Ryan.

Then, we looked at their Beltway Media graph:

It looks less correlated. There was one date in particular (Oct. 12th) which Paul Ryan got more mentions than Mitt Romney. Anyone want to guess what happened then? There was also a period in the last week of September in which Paul Ryan was going up and down independent of Romney.

What does this tell us? It gives good indications of outlier events. Normally, one would expect news mentions for Romney and Ryan to be sync since they’re running mates. But very easily we can tell that something else was happening with Paul Ryan the last week of September and also on Oct. 12th.

As you may have guessed, the ups and downs for Paul Ryan that last week and on Oct. 12th is for his participation in the VP  debates. It does seem like however that the Beltway news reported on Mr. Ryan’s VP debate more independently of Governor Romney than that of the National News.

DEFINITIONS:

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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