Since May 1st, Republican newsmakers have received more coverage on major issues than have Democrats. In major print outlets, the gap is even more severe.

Although the gap in coverage of Democratic and Republican newsmakers has diminished since the GOP Primary, there still exists a significant gap between coverage of Democrats and Republicans in election coverage. From January 1 until April 10 (the day Santorum dropped out), 37% of election coverage came from Republican newsmakers and just 10% came from Democratic newsmakers (excluding statements from candidates). Since April 11th, Republican VoiceShare has decreased to 28% and Democratic VoiceShare has increased to 20%. While the gap has gotten smaller, the ratio of coverage is still noticeably skewed toward Republicans.

Republicans Receive More Coverage on Major Election Issues

Chart shows percentage of statements from Republicans (red) and Democrats (blue) among coverage of major issues in election coverage.  Excludes statements from Romney and Obama. Time frame is May 1 – July 17.

Chart shows percentage of statements from Republicans (red) and Democrats (blue) among coverage of major issues in election coverage. Excludes statements from Romney and Obama. Time frame is May 1 – July 17.

Since May 1st, Republicans have received more coverage on major policy issues than Democrats, with the exception of Social Issues. White House officials such as Joe Biden and Jay Carney have been very vocal on this issue and on gay marriage in particular. Most noticeably is the ratio of coverage on Candidate Character. Republican newsmakers have gotten 10% more coverage on this issue than Democrats.

Republicans Have Greater Presence In Major Print Outlets

Chart shows percentage of statements from Republicans (red) and Democrats (blue) among major print outlets.  Excludes statements from Romney and Obama. Time frame is May 1 – July 17.

Chart shows percentage of statements from Republicans (red) and Democrats (blue) among major print outlets. Excludes statements from Romney and Obama. Time frame is May 1 – July 17.

Among major print outlets, the ratio of coverage is even more skewed toward Republicans. The New York Times and USA Today both have more attributed statements from Republicans by 14% and 19% respectively. The Washington Post has a more even ratio, with just 6% more coverage from Republicans newsmakers.