The New York Times and Boston Globe both amplify more negative sentiment than positive about the two candidates thus far in their respective coverage of the General Election. The candidate receiving the most negative coverage in each newspaper might surprise some.

Chart shows sentiment of statements in articles on the election toward Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.  Percentage of neutral statements not shown.  Time frame is April 17 – June 23.

Chart shows sentiment of statements in articles on the election toward Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Percentage of neutral statements not shown. Time frame is April 17 – June 23.

Both of the New York Time Company’s major newspaper The New York Times and The Boston Globe have amplified more negative than positive coverage in stories on the election since the start of the General Election. The New York Times has 18% negative coverage toward the two candidates combined, with only half that number being positive coverage. Similarly 21% of The Boston Globe’s coverage has been negative and only 11% positive.

The New York Times, often labeled a left-leaning news source, has amplified more negative coverage about Obama than about Romney. Negative statements toward Obama consist of 10% of the coverage in The New York Times, compared to 8% for Romney. The New York Times has also amplified 1% more positive coverage about Romney than about Obama.

On the other hand,the Boston Globe has projected more negative sentiment toward Romney than toward Obama. 13% of statements in election coverage in The Boston Globe were negative toward Romney in this time period whereas only 8% were negative toward Obama. This negative amplification by the Boston Globe in regards to Romney has been a constant ever since the beginning of the GOP Primary. This 4th Estate post from April 16 effectively visualized how during the GOP Primary, 30% of the statements in election coverage in The Boston Globe that were about Romney were negative, compared to only 18% being positive.