How Have Sanctions Been Covered On Television News?

How are sanctions being covered on television news? The timeline below shows total mentions of sanctions across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News over the past decade, showing four distinctive phases. From the data's start in mid-2009 to late 2013, mentions of sanctions were relatively stable, increasing sharply through early 2014, before declining through late 2016. In December 2016, after Donald Trump's elections, sanctions were mentioned heavily on television news, peaking in August 2017, before declining through the start of the pandemic. Mentions recovered through June 2021, declined again and have been surging since December of last year.

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