Most Read

The Post MostMost-viewed stories, videos, and galleries in the past two hours

Ask The Post
Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 09/26/2011

Q&A: World news vs. political coverage

Do you have questions for Post editors? Please post your questions about Post coverage, our Web site and anything in between . You can also join the discussion on Twitter — the hash tag #askthepost.

We’ll continue to post answers to your questions throughout the week. Please note that questions may be edited. You can browse past Q&As here .

Q: Why is it that most news organizations whether in print or media parrot each other's perspective on any give topic or headline?  I was watching the BBC where they were actually covering worldwide news stories and then I watched other news channels and all they were covering were our political candidates. Ninety percent of the coverage was on politics and we are left in the dark about the rest of the world and the rest of the US news. — rannrann

A: from Managing Editor Raju Narisetti

The Post continues to cover the world fairly comprehensively between our own staff and partners (Bloomberg, Associated Press, Financial Times, Foreign Policy magazine) and we have bureaus in all major countries and regions that our readers are interested in. Our front page more often then not has a story that was written by our World team. Our reader surveys show coverage of the World outside the U.Ss remains a huge priority for Post readers and we have no intention to reduce that.

There are no fixed ratios or quotas (albeit there are fixed pages for World coverage each day) and our comprehensive coverage of the Arab Spring, the earthquake in Japan, the Mexican drug/violence crisis, the European financial crisis, the Royal Wedding, just to name a few recent and ongoing topics, is reflective of our desire to give Post readers a comprehensive global picture. 

As we head into a Presidential election, there is no doubt that there will be a lot more political coverage in the Post and in most U.S. media outlets.

By Washington Post editors  |  05:49 PM ET, 09/26/2011

Tags:  Q&A

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company