Television News Mentions Of "Polarization" Remain Low With Little Increase
In our increasingly divided nation, one thing does not appear to have increased substantially in the Donald Trump era: literal mentions of the word "polarization" on television news. As the timeline below shows, the term and its forms have been used relatively equally by CNN, MSNBC and Fox News over the past decade, with little measurable increase since Trump's election. The term is also quite rare, accounting for a very small amount of monthly airtime. Thus, discussions of polarization come not from mentions of the actual word but in terms of differing coverage priorities and framings of specific issues.