Friday, November 9, 2012

NYTimes.Com: A Left Leaning Political Dance

Kaitlyn Crist
A Big Push "Forward"

Last week, the New York Times officially endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term as the President of the United States.

The New York Times endorsement for President Obama
This is a big endorsement, seeing as the Times is the longest-running national newspaper, and the biggest of a dying breed.

This got me wondering about coverage overall, and if it was as left leaning as its endorsement.

Overall (at least in the journalism world) is always considered a slightly more liberal newspaper, but nothing of MSNBC proportions. 

To back this up, an interactive (interactive!!!) article shows that NYT hasn't endorsed a Republican candidate since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.

Do Headlines Convey More than Story? 

As I have been observing the NYT website, I have noticed an interesting trend with the headlines of stories featuring each of the candidates.

I saw that stories featuring the President typically were middle and working-class focused.

The had a grassroots, local feel, with titles such as, "Ohio Working Class May Offer Key to Obama’s Re-election."
The latest NYT headline on Mitt Romney

On the other hand, stories featuring Romney have a more "business man" slant, portraying him as a manager, and many stories discuss him "fighting" for votes. 

Do these headline have an influence on the voter? Could it be that the Times is making President Obama look more middle-class friendly, while Romney is a upper-level manager type? 

It seems to be the case, but it is safe to say that it may not be completely intentional. 

New York Times Trust

Despite the left leans, I think for undecided voters, the Times is still the paper to trust when it comes to 2012. 

They may have a bit of leaning coverage, but it is not overt or one sided by any means.

They cover both of the candidates equally, and with just as much respect and/or scrutiny that they deserve. 

So undecided voters, go to, you will not be led astray. 

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