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Rashida Tlaib's swearing got 5 times more cable news coverage than Steve King: study

Rashida Tlaib's swearing got 5 times more cable news coverage than Steve King: study
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According to data released by the liberal group Media Matters for America on Friday, cable news outlets CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC dedicated more than two and a half hours of coverage to Tlaib a day after she referred to Trump by vowing to “impeach the motherf---er” during a speech before supporters earlier this month.

By contrast, the data shows the same cable news outlets devoted less than 30 minutes of airtime to covering King’s remarks a day after comments he made to The New York Times went public, in which questioned why the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” are considered offensive.

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One discrepancy the group found “most glaring” was the amount of coverage Fox News devoted to both topics. 

According to the data compiled, Fox News dedicated 52 minutes of coverage to Tlaib’s comments while devoting only 42 seconds to covering King’s remarks about white supremacy.

The liberal group also pointed out that the coverage of both topics from CNN and MSNBC was “also skewed,” however.

CNN had reportedly dedicated more than an hour of coverage to Tlaib’s comments and roughly 15 minutes to King’s remarks. MSNBC reportedly devoted the least amount of coverage to Tlaib’s comments, with just 38 minutes, and covered King’s remarks for about 14 minutes.

The nonprofit group said in the conclusion of its report that the “imbalance in coverage” between all three outlets raises concerns over “whether there’s a double standard in coverage of Democrats versus Republicans.”

Media Matters used the video-streaming service SnapStream to review transcripts of coverage from all three cable news outlets for mentions of “Steve King” from 8 a.m. Jan. 10 to 9 a.m. Jan. 11 and mentions of “Rashida” or “impeach” or spelling variations of “Tlaib” for all-day coverage on Jan. 4.