Cheryl Morris

Political News Data: Top 20 Sites Covering the Tea Party

After looking into Pinyadda‘s index of news data for mentions of political parties in headlines in September, we found that mentions of Tea Party was prevalent, even passing mentions of Democrat at one point during the month. We then wanted to find out which sites were publishing the most about the Tea Party, compiling this graph of the top 20 sites with the most mentions of Tea Party in their headlines:

Yahoo!, the top content-producing site on the web, lead the way. Regional news outlets like Orange County Register and Miami Herald comprised half of the top twenty sites – most of which seem to be in the south and west part of the nation. As for other sites, Real Clear Politics covered the Tea Party most heavily. Newsmax, National Public Radio, the New York Times, Huffington Post and The Atlantic followed close behind.

Are you surprised regional news outlets are covering the Tea Party so heavily? What sites do you think should have made the top twenty?

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