Texas Freeze Receives Little National TV News Attention And Fox Mentions Far Less Than CNN Or MSNBC
The timeline below shows the total monthly mentions of Texas across television news over the past decade, showing that the massive storm this month received little attention across the national channels, with the state mentioned little more than a typical month. Noteably, mentions were less than a third of August 2017's Hurricane Harvey. Over the past decade Fox News has mentioned the state more than its peers, at 136,533 mentions, compared with 117,376 on MSNBC and 112,900 on CNN.
The timeline below zooms into the period around the storm and its aftermath, showing how quickly attention faded, with the channels moving on after just 48 hours of sustained coverage. Noteably, CNN and MSNBC devoted roughly equal amounts of coverage to the storm, while Fox News mentioned it less than half as often. In all, during the week around the storm MSNBC mentioned the state 2,581 times, CNN 2,517 times and Fox News just 1,437 times.