Depictions Of Crowds Soar On TV News

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Crowds largely disappeared from television news by mid-March as Covid-19 social distancing rules went into effect across the country. However, starting with May 28, they have surged back into the news at record levels. Using Google’s Cloud Video AI API to “watch” CNN, MSNBC and Fox News in a secure non-consumptive research environment in collaboration with the Internet Archive’s Television news Archive, the timeline below shows the total airtime per day depicting them since April 3 (the start of the data).

On Sunday, MSNBC spent 9.7 hours showing protest marches, CNN 7.7 hours and Fox News 6.8 hours.

See the Live Version of the graph below.

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