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How Has Television News Covered The Covid-19 Lab Leak Theory?

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How has the Covid-19 "lab leak" theory been covered on television news? The timeline below shows total daily mentions across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News since the start of the pandemic, showing that other than a brief burst in April 2020, it didn't take off until earlier this year and especially last month.


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Turning from spoken word mentions to the total seconds of airtime in which the theory was displayed somewhere in the onscreen text, the graph below shows that Fox News dominates onscreen mentions, totaling more than 7 hours to date, while even BBC News London has devoted a quarter hour of airtime to displaying the theory onscreen.


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The surge in media coverage last week drove a surge in public interest in the topic, as evidenced by the Google Trends graph below that shows a sharp surge in web searches as media coverage ramped up.



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