Television News Turned Its Attention Back To Afghanistan But Web Searches Peaked Two Weeks Ago

How have the past two weeks of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan been covered? The timeline below shows how quickly mentions across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News faded after the Taliban's swift takeover of the country. Mentions peaked from August 15 to 17, then dropped across all three channels over the following days, though Fox News mentions declined less than CNN and MSNBC, which pivoted much more strongly away from the withdrawal story. Fox News reached a minimum point on August 21 and has ramped up its coverage each day since, while CNN and MSNBC hit their lowest point a day later. All three increased their mentions steadily through August 27 and substantially decreased their coverage on August 28 (the most recent day of data).

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