In the past month, the New York Times has covered Barack Obama significantly more than the Washington Post. In Chart 1, we can see that just under half (44%) of statements in the New York Times in the past month have been about Barack Obama and 38% about Mitt Romney. This contrasts with the Washington Post, which has only 18% of statements about Obama and 59% about Mitt Romney.
In Chart 2, we can see that it is only within this past month that the New York Times has increased their coverage of Obama. In late March and early April, coverage of Romney was higher than coverage of Obama by about 30%. However, in the past month and a half, the New York Times has increased coverage of Obama by 34% and in the past two weeks has surpassed the coverage of Romney by 9%.
With the increase in coverage, it can be said that the New York Times has embraced the general election and successfully re-oriented their coverage to represent the Obama and Romney campaigns equally. However, will the NYT’s almost 1:1 ratio continue throughout the summer and fall, or will Obama’s coverage continue to increase as Romney’s drops off? Will the Washington Post continue to focus on Romney or will they begin discussing Obama more?