When it comes to the upcoming election, I know far more people that support Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton.
I mean it's not even close. Maybe one Hillary supporter for every ten Bernie supporters.
Yet, when it comes to what I've seen in the news, it FEELS like the media covers Hillary Clinton significantly more often.
But after this weekend, it no longer seems to be an accident that I feel this way.
On their home page, CNN posted coverage of Sanders' sweeping victories in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii, immediately followed by this:
Essentially the editors were saying, "Yea, yea, yea, even though Sanders is blowing out Clinton 80 to 20, it doesn't matter, she's already got this in the bag." ...
I wanted to know for sure if the mainstream media gives a disproportionate amount of attention to Clinton over Sanders, particularly compared to the amount of attention given by the public.
So to find out, I compared the number of searches and conversations online by individuals in the US against the number of articles run by the following mainstream news providers: CNN, MSNBC, NPR, New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico.
Here's what I found:
What the data shows:
Over the last twelve months, people have consistently searched for and talked about Bernie Sanders more than Hillary Clinton.
However, from May 2015 through November 2015 for every one article published by CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, or Politico about Bernie Sanders, there were nearly three published about Hillary Clinton.
But the tide has shifted. In the first three months of 2016 that ratio has gone from 3:1, Clinton to Sanders, to 1:1.
So has there been bias by the media? This data certainly suggests that there has been.
But despite past media bias, Bernie is now pulling ahead.