From the beginning of 2010 through the end of April of 2019, the number of articles in The New York Times containing at least one mention of countries deemed subjectively among the world’s most important by this writer:
France topping the charts is a bit surprising. The arts, maybe? [edit: Britain comes out on top–I’d initially naively tried “Great Britain” and “United Kingdom” and found both to have fewer returns than “England” and so used the latter for the place before realizing the retrospectively obvious. The graph and table have been updated accordingly]. Israel arguably gets some amount of ‘undue’ coverage given its size and location, but it’s not nearly as predominant as “ZOG“-types probably assume to be the case. Saudi Arabia seems to get too little. Given that Mexico and Canada border the US, they might be expected to merit more ink than they do. Overall, though, the distribution looks pretty reasonable.