CNN Leads Mask Coverage But MSNBC Leads Trump Coverage

CNN has taken the lead over the past month on mentioning masks, while MSNBC's mask mentions are not that much higher than Fox News', as seen in the timeline below. However, a closer look at the second timeline below shows that MSNBC has consistently mentioned Donald Trump more than the other two channels, with those additional mentions on some days making up much of the difference between its mentions of masks and those of CNN. This suggests that MSNBC's additional focus on Trump comes at the expense of mask mentions, suggesting CNN is focusing on mask wearing, while MSNBC focuses on the political dimension of the pandemic.

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