The coverage of elections by the global media has been intensifying over the past decade, with spikes occurring for every major U.S. contest.

The chart shows the volume of articles about elections carried on the Bloomberg professional system over the past decade.

With each successive presidential election cycle the baseline has been increasing and the surges have been higher.

The recent increases could be a trend, an acknowledgement of the elevated importance of politics on markets and business.

Or they could simply reflect the fact that media coverage of the Trump presidency has been unprecedented.

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