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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:23 PM

Tlaib cursing got 5 times more coverage on cable news than Rep. Steve King embracing white supremacy

https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2019/01/11/rep-rashida-tlaib-cursing-got-5-times-more-coverage-cable-news-rep-steve-king-embracing-white/222504
Rep. Rashida Tlaib cursing got 5 times more coverage on cable news than Rep. Steve King embracing white supremacy
Blog ››› January 11, 2019 4:02 PM EST ››› LIS POWER, ROB SAVILLO & STEPHEN MORRIS

When it comes to a congresswoman cursing versus a congressman embracing white supremacy, cable news apparently believes the cursing deserves more coverage -- five times more coverage, to be exact.

On January 4, the day after Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) referred to President Donald Trump by saying “Impeach the motherfucker” during a reception with supporters, cable news outlets (CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC) spent over two and a half hours discussing the topic. In comparison, in the roughly 24 hours following the publication of Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) comments in The New York Times that showed him embracing white supremacy, cable news devoted just under 30 minutes of coverage to the congressman’s racism.

The discrepancy was the most glaring on Fox News, which devoted 52 minutes of coverage to Tlaib’s cursing and just 42 seconds to King’s comments about white supremacy. That’s over 74 times more coverage of Tlaib. Fox’s sole segment about King was framed as “Republican Congressman Steve King is fighting back against a New York Times article.”

CNN’s and MSNBC’s coverage was also skewed, though not nearly as much. CNN covered Tlaib’s comments for nearly an hour and five minutes while covering King’s comments for just about 15 minutes. MSNBC covered Tlaib cursing for the least amount of time, nearly 38 minutes, and covered King’s embrace of white supremacy for just over 14 minutes.



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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:32 PM

1. king has been covered for years for his stances. the tlaib incident seems to be a one off so far nt

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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:45 PM

2. One is a 'dog bites man' story, the other is a 'man bites dog' story

It is expected that a GOPer from Iowa would probably say something stupid and racist every once in awhile, while the Tlaib story goes against the media depiction of a Muslim woman as being docile and submissive.

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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:48 PM

3. The full tallies are in because CNN just had a full segment devoted to King. nt

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