Mentions Of "Distraction" Double Since Trump's Election

In his RealClearPolitics article yesterday, Tom Bevan notes the media's use of the term "distraction" during Trump's presidency. How much has the term's use increased over his presidency and does its use vary by station?

The timeline below shows the number of mentions of "(distraction OR distract OR distracting OR distracted)" on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News using data from the Internet Archive's Television News Archive from July 2009 through present, by month. The term begins ramping up in March 2016, peaking in March 2017, decreasing through June 2019, peaks again in July 2019 and decreases through March 2020, but has sharply increased over the last two months.

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