PEJ confirms Fox News trails far behind rivals in News Corp. scandal coverage

July 20, 2011
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Project for Excellence in Journalism
An analysis by Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found that Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel devoted about one-fifth as much time to the News Corp. phone hacking story as MSNBC, and about one-sixth as much time as CNN. During the period examined by Pew, CNN and MSNBC devoted roughly 16 minutes per night in prime time on the story, while Fox News devoted an average of about three minutes per night. PEJ’s report adds:

Daytime cable tends to be more hard-news oriented than the opinion-driven evening programming, but the same basic pattern emerged.

CNN spent the most time on the subject, just over four minutes per hour (35 minutes and 19 seconds over the eight days). That was substantially more than MSNBC (18 minutes, 19 seconds.) The Fox News Channel spent a total of 3 minutes and 52 seconds on the story over those eight hours.

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