Knowledge Present MSNBC Has Been Robert Mueller’s Greatest Fan


With the Mueller investigation within the headlines once more this week amid (renewed) claims it could lastly be wrapping up, it’s value trying again to see how the media have coated it over the past two years. Total, MSNBC has paid probably the most consideration to each Particular Counsel Robert Mueller and President Trump as a complete, adopted by CNN and Fox Information.

The timeline under exhibits the proportion of month-to-month airtime on the three channels that talked about Mueller from April 2017 (simply previous to his appointment) by means of March 17, 2019, utilizing information from the Web Archive’s Tv Information Archive. Total they’ve largely moved in sync, however MSNBC spent 3.38 p.c of its airtime mentioning Mueller, in contrast with 2.47 p.c of CNN’s and simply 1.31 p.c of Fox Information’ airtime.

The truth is, MSNBC spent nearly as a lot airtime mentioning Mueller as the opposite two channels mixed, exhibiting how fixated the arm of NBC Information has been on the investigation into alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump marketing campaign and the Russian authorities.

The timeline under exhibits the overall proportion of month-to-month airtime every station dedicated to mentioning Trump over the identical interval. Whereas the ebbs and flows of consideration are barely completely different, MSNBC is as soon as once more the clear chief in complete airtime dedicated to the president, adopted once more by CNN and Fox. Total, MSNBC spent practically two-thirds as a lot airtime as the opposite two mixed in reporting on the president.

Evaluating its protection of Mueller and Trump, MSNBC spent 4.Four occasions as a lot airtime mentioning Trump because it did Mueller, in contrast with 5 occasions as a lot for CNN and eight occasions as a lot for Fox Information. Clearly, Fox is way extra within the president than within the investigation of him.

How did all of this information protection examine with on-line search curiosity? The timeline under exhibits the mixed airtime of the three stations mentioning Mueller in contrast towards U.S. net searches for the particular counsel from Google Developments. Because the two use completely different scales, the graph under stories them each as normal deviations from the imply (Z-score).

Instantly clear is that tv information protection and net searches have elevated and decreased in lockstep. From the announcement of the Mueller investigation, each protection and searches elevated steadily by means of spring 2018, then leveled off till each reached a low level in October 2018, earlier than peaking in November/December 2018 and declining since.

Placing this all collectively, MSNBC has clearly been fixated on the Mueller probe, but in addition has closely emphasised Trump as a complete, with CNN an in depth second and Fox Information paying far much less consideration to both. Whereas Fox Information often is the president’s station of selection, it really spends far much less time mentioning him than its opponents.

RealClear Media Fellow Kalev Leetaru is a senior fellow on the George Washington College Heart for Cyber & Homeland Safety. His previous roles embrace fellow in residence at Georgetown College’s Edmund A. Walsh Faculty of Overseas Service and member of the World Financial Discussion board’s World Agenda Council on the Way forward for Authorities.