How have executive orders been covered on television news? The timeline below shows total monthly mentions of the phrase across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News over the past decade. Executive orders received little coverage until 2014, with a surge that year, including a spike around President Obama's immigration orders, a 2017 spike around President Trump's initial wave of executive orders, a series of mentions in 2020 related to the pandemic and a 2021 spike with President Biden's initial orders. Yet, despite Biden issuing more executive orders in his first 100 days than the three presidents before him, he has received far less attention for this than Trump.
Fox News has covered executive orders more than CNN and MSNBC over the past decade.
No single show dominates coverage of executive orders, though most of the shows mentioning them the most are personality-driven shows. This suggests that most of the coverage of executive orders is analysis and discussion.