Election Coverage Dropped Rapidly Following Election Day

Chart shows total number of quotations of election news coverage analyzed by 4thEstate.  Time frame is October 22-November 11.

Chart shows total number of quotations of election news coverage analyzed by 4thEstate. Time frame is October 22-November 11.

Post-mortem coverage on the election came to a screeching halt after the results were tallied. Just five days after Election Day, from November 7-11, coverage in print, television and radio fell off of a cliff and headed towards a new one, the fiscal cliff. As soon as Obama was declared the winner, the discourse rapidly shifted toward the approaching fiscal cliff and possible sequestration. Retrospective coverage on the election was sparse.

Also of note in this chart is the impact of Hurricane Sandy. From October 26-November 3, there is a visible decline in election coverage. The third Presidential Debate coverage caused an increase in coverage from October 22-24, but then Sandy blew it all away and coverage on election decreased.