Boko Haram Kidnapping Receives Little US TV News Attention Vs Six Years Ago While International Outlets Emphasize Group

The kidnapping of more than 300 schoolboys in Nigeria by Boko Haram earlier this month received widespread media coverage except, it seems, on American television news. This is in stark contrast to the attention that the kidnapping of 300 schoolgirls 6 years ago. The timeline below shows the number of monthly mentions of Boko Haram on CNN, MSNBC and Fox news over the past decade, showing a surge in 2014 when Boko Haram seized roughly 300 schoolgirls, but just a handful of mentions this month with the kidnapping of an equal number of boys under similar circumstances.

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