Most newspaper stories about the election written in 2012 — including all those endless and often redundant pieces on how housewives feel about the two presidential candidates — were reported by men, according to a new 4th Estate Project and Women's Media Center study. Good job, newspaper editors; Aaron Sorkin is surely super thrilled.
Researchers surveyed national and state newspapers with high circulation rates, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, and found that 76 percent of articles written between January 1 and April 15 (during the GOP primary period) and 72 percent of articles written between April 16 and August 25 (during the general election period) were written by dudes.
"In this so-called 'Year of the Woman,' this study just goes to show that when it comes to presidential elections it's still a ‘boys on the bus' world," Women's Media Center President Julie Burton said in a statement. The results aren't all that surprising — you might remember the 4th Estate's last study on how even "pink" stories about issues like abortion and birth control quote men more often than women — but they're certainly frustrating.
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