How have leaks and whistleblowers been covered on television news? The timeline below shows total mentions of the terms across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News over the past decade. A number of major events are visible, including 2010's Wikileaks, 2012's Attorney General Holder's leak investigation, 2013's Snowden leaks and 2019's impeachment whistleblower. From October 2016 through the start of the pandemic remains the longest stretch of elevated mentions of leaks over the past decade, capturing just how much the Trump presidency was marked by leaks.
Fox News has mentioned leaks the most over the past decade.
No single show has dominated leak mentions, though personality-driven shows have mentioned them more overall.