Posted on October 26, 2012

Infographic: The Enormous Racial Gap in Political Reporting

David A. Graham, The Atlantic, October 25, 2012

{snip} Issues pertaining to race and ethnicity have been incredibly important to the 2012 election — if slightly less prominent than they were during Barack Obama’s historic 2008 campaign.

But almost all the people covering those stories have been white, according to an analysis by 4th Estate. (They’re also probably men.) The media analysis organization looked at who’s writing front-page stories for major papers, including a breakdown by broad topic area. It found that 93 percent of page one articles on the election were written by white reporters, with Asian Americans writing 4 percent, blacks writing just 2.1 percent, and Hispanics penning 0.9 percent. {snip}


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