Columbia Journalism Review studied the front page coverage of the 2016 election cycle. What they found was more stories about the race and fewer about policy. They just checked the coverage leading up to the next presidential election. They found the same trend. The NYT and Washington Post “both emphasized the horse race and campaign palace intrigue, stories that functioned more to entertain readers than to educate them on essential differences between political parties.” (And the papers are great compared to cable news coverage.) Warped Front Pages.