How Is Inflation Being Covered On Television News?

How has inflation been covered on television news? The timeline below shows total mentions of inflation across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News since the start of the pandemic, showing mentions picking up in February 2021 and soaring on Fox News from May 2021, while CNN and MSNBC remained relatively constant. Fox pivoted away from inflation from August to September 2021, but began ramping up its mentions from mid-September, while CNN and MSNBC did not accelerate their coverage until November. While mentions have remained elevated, they have been highly bursty, with no appreciable longitudinal increase.

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