CNN Pivots Back To Pandemic Dashboard After Inauguration

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CNN's Covid-19 dashboard has become a barometer for tracking how it weighs the pandemic vis-a-vis other breaking stories of the moment as can be seen in the timeline below tracking the seconds per day the dashboard is visible onscreen. The dashboard was phased out during the George Floyd protests, the DNC and RNC conventions and the election and was displayed a third to two thirds less between the conventions and the elections than it was earlier in the year. Beginning November 12 CNN brought its dashboard back 9 hours a day, but began phasing it out again in the days before Christmas, bottoming out on inauguration day, before bringing it back the very next day.

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The heatmap below shows the hourly distribution (the shift in November is due to the time change), showing how CNN typically runs its dashboard for around 9 hours a day and how even during the periods above where it has run the dashboard less it has still used the same timeframe of each day, just with fewer actual seconds onscreen.

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