Pitchinteractive says media reports on government spending don’t correspond to spending. For instance, there are more stories about health-related spending than there are about homeland security spending, even though the government spends more on the latter than the former. The site has charted mentions of specific departments or programs in New York Times stories and compared the results to government spending.

Here is there chart of contract spending vs. stories:

And here is the chart of total spending vs. stories:

Do you think this says anything important? I think the results are interesting, but it’s important to consider what is newsworthy and how that might affect reporting, too.