Masks Were Mentioned But Not Seen On Television News

How often are masks seen on television news? The timeline below shows the total seconds of daily airtime since the start of the pandemic in which masks were visible onscreen across CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and BBC News London using AI. Mask imagery increases sharply in March 2020 and drops even more sharply in June 2021, but never constituted a major presence on the news. Masks were mentioned, rather than seen.

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