American newspapers tend to give more positive news coverage to
the same economic news when Democrats are in the White House, according
to a study released yesterday.
"When all types of news are pooled into a single analysis, our
results are highly significant. However, the results vary greatly
depending upon which economic numbers are being reported," said John R.
Lott Jr. and Kevin A. Hassett, both of the American Enterprise
When GDP growth is reported, Republicans received between 16
percent and 24 percent fewer positive stories for the same economic
numbers than Democrats, the study found.
For durable-goods orders, Republicans received between 15 percent
and 25 percent fewer positive news stories than Democrats.
For unemployment, the difference was between zero percent and 21
percent. Retail sales showed no difference.
Among the Associated Press and the top 10 papers, The Washington
Post, Chicago Tribune and The New York Times and the AP tend to be the
least likely to report positive news during Republican administrations,
while the Houston Chronicle slightly favored Republicans, the study
Updated Media Analysis of Appalachian Law School Attack
Since the first news search was done additional news stories have been
added to Nexis:
There are thus now 218 unique stories, and a total of 294 stories counting
duplicates (the stories in yellow were duplicates): Excel file for
general overview and specific stories. Explicit mentions of defensive gun use
increase from 2 to 3 now.