. The following table results from a Lexis search. I searched for JUANITA BROADDRICK for January 1-February 25, 1999. I searched for SALLY HEMINGS for November 1-5 of 1998. Day 1 of the Broaddrick story is February 20, 1999, the day after the WSJ editorial page story. Day 1 of the Hemings story is November 1, 1999.
|PAPER||Broaddrick Day (words)||Hemings Day (words)|
|New York Times||4-2344||1-4622|
|Los Angeles Times||1-1379||1-1867|
|St Louis Post-Dispatch||Not reported||1-702|
Daily News (New York)
|San Francisco Chronicle||Not reported||3-1140|
|Daily Telegraph (London)||1-733||Not reported|
|Sunday Times (London)||(-9)-2342||Not reported|
|WSJ (editorial)||0-3700||Not reported|
The table shows that foreign papers (boldfaced) tended to give more play to Broaddrick than to Hemings, whereas the reverse is true for American papers. Two foreign papers even jumped the gun and were ahead of the Wall Street Journal by 8 days in reporting on the Broaddrick story.
The first two entries, the Boston Globe and New York Times, are especially notable. Both had heavy and early reporting of the Hemings story, but lighter and later reporting of the Broaddrick story. The Daily News and WSJ Editorial Page are also interesting; both of them thought that President's Clinton's alleged act of rape was more newsworthy than Thomas Jefferson's alleged affair with a slave.
A statistical analysis of this might be interesting-- means and correlations for the two variables, and some kind of sample-splitting technique. I don't have time for that now, tho.
See also the link below to the Capitol Hill Blue story about TV coverage of the Broaddrick rape.
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