CNN Covers Haiti 4X as Much as FNC/MSNBC. FNC/MSNBC Give Twice as Much Coverage to Senate Race

By Chris Ariens Comment

PEJ_1.26.bmpPew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism has added up the news from last week. Coverage from Haiti filled most of the newshole — 27% — and was the leading story on network news with 35% coverage.

But Republican Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts special election for Senate was the top story on cable news filling 32% of the newshole.

In their report, PEJ writes, “there were marked differences in how CNN, MSNBC and Fox covered Haiti and the Massachusetts election.”

• About 60% of the CNN coverage was dedicated to Haiti — almost four times as much attention as it received on MSNBC and Fox. Conversely, the Senate race race filled approximately 40% of coverage on MSNBC and Fox and only about 15% on CNN.