How has Afghanistan been covered on television news? The timeline below shows total monthly mentions of Afghanistan and the Taliban across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News over the past decade. Other than the June 2014 surge of mentions relating to the prisoner swap, coverage of Afghanistan has been steadily declining over the past decade, with only a small increase as the US prepares to withdraw from the country and no significant increase in coverage reporting on the Taliban's advance through the country.
Fox News has mentioned Afghanistan and the Taliban the most over the past decade, followed closely by CNN, with MSNBC mentioning them significantly less.
Looking just since the start of this year, the country has received just a dozen or so mentions per day other than a surge in April when Biden announced that he would be withdrawing American troops from the country by September 11, 2021.