How much attention is inflation receiving on television news? The timeline below shows total monthly mentions of "inflation" and "inflationary" across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News over the past decade. As the 2008 recession faded, mentions of inflation largely disappeared from television news, but increased slightly since late 2017 and then faded away during the pandemic. Beginning in February 2021, with Biden's inauguration and the renewed focus on stimulus spending, mentions increased sharply, surging on Fox News. In fact, Fox News has mentioned inflation nearly as much as CNN and MSNBC combined over the past decade.
Zooming into the period January 2020 to present, inflation coverage can be seen to pick up in February 2021 as additional stimulus talks accelerate, surging on Fox News in mid-May. Since the start of the pandemic, Fox News has mentioned inflation 1,284 times, compared with just 505 mentions on CNN and 435 mentions on MSNBC.
Adding in business news channels and looking at the period 2014 to present, Bloomberg has covered inflation the most, but looking more closely at the 2020-present period, Bloomberg didn't start increasing its inflation mentions until February 2021, alongside CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, whereas CNBC and Fox Business began ramping up their inflation coverage around December 2020.