I once tried out an over-elaborate system to try and track the Today paper review's perceived tendency to name-check certain (left-wing) newspapers in preference to other (right-wing) papers. For a few weeks now I've been trying again, this time with a far simpler system - just recording which newpapers are mentioned in every paper review, and by whom. I will give it a few more weeks before counting them all up, but the trends are becoming clear. Certain days see more mentions of The Guardian, The Independent and even The Mirror than others. Those days tend to feature a certain James Naughtie. (Things seem worst when he teams up with Justin Webb). The statistical significance of this is getting sharper by the week. The other Today presenters are less clear-cut (so far) and John Humphrys is proving highly, surprisingly and commendably unpredictable, some days going big on The Guardian, other days not. Another month or two will provide enough evidence for a clearer overview to be provided.
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