How Television News Has Covered "Transitory" Inflation

The notion of "transitory" inflation burst into the media landscape in May 2021 as the US Government sought to reassure the public and policymakers that rising inflation would quickly fade away. The term peaked in December 2021, then faded through the start of this year, but has been rising on Fox News since March 2022 and CNN and MSNBC since May 2022 as the press and policymakers reflect on the error of those previous assurances.

Even business news channels have pivoted back to using the term since May of this year as they reflect on US Government messaging around inflation.

In terms of onscreen textual mentions of the term, Fox News leads as it raises questions about how economic policymakers got things so wrong.

Worldwide online news mentions remain elevated since March of this year.