The Media Is Talking Less And Less About #MeToo

The #MeToo movement surged into media prominence two years ago in October 2017 but starting in October of last year has steadily faded from both television and online coverage with the exception of Fox News.

The timeline below shows the percentage of airtime on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News mentioning "metoo" from July 2009 through present.

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The topic attracted considerable interest for just under a year and then mysteriously and abruptly disappeared from the media landscape except for Fox News, which has continued to cover it intensively, though even it began ramping down its coverage starting in May of this year.

The barchart below shows that Fox News has spent the most attention of the three networks.

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It isn't just television news that has ramped down its mentions of #MeToo. Worldwide online coverage has also faded, though it maintains a steadily background presence in the global media landscape.

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Does this mean the media has moved on to other topics or does it reflect a journalistic refocusing on specific stories rather than the broader label "#MeToo"? The answer to that question would tell us a lot about how the media covers the social issues of our day.