As the Democratic Democrats rushed to impeach President Trump this month, it is worth reflecting on how big he has loomed on the media landscape since announcing his candidacy 4 1/2 years ago and only how much of the treatise has come to dominate the media coverage of his presidency.
The timeline below shows the percentage of airtime on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News referring to “Trump” by month 2015, using data from the Internet Archive of TV News Archive is handled by GDELT Project. (Click on graphics to enlarge it.)
In the month following his election, Trump occupied nearly a quarter of the total airing time on three cable news channels, down to about 10%-15% since Aug. 2017, with MSNBC mentioning him more than the other two.
In all, since the first announcement of his candidacy, Trump has been mentioned 2.6 million times on three channels, a total of 14.5% of the full-time airing of MSNBC, 12.9% of CNN’s broadcast time and 11.3% of the play time of Fox News. Although the latter is a long favorite president
, it really refers to him as at least in three.
The time below compares the total mentions of President Obama from July 2009 (the start of data Internet Archive) through this month, with the mention of Trump from May 2015 to present.
Although Obama’s comparison of a decade mentions only 4 1/2 years of Trump’s mention, Trump has been referred to 1.8 times more than his predecessor. CNN mentioned Trump…