With July setting a 21-year record for illegal border crossings, how is immigration being covered on television news? The timeline below shows the percentage of monthly airtime across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News mentioning immigration over the past decade, showing all three channels covering it from 2009 through late 2016, at which point Fox News begins covering it more than its peers throughout Donald Trump's presidency. Coverage drops sharply from late 2019 through February 2021, at which point it increases sharply, but only on Fox News.
Since the start of this year, Fox News has covered immigration far more than its peers.
Fox News has been largely alone in its coverage of the border crisis in the context of the pandemic.
Since the start of last year Fox News has covered immigration far more than CNN and MSNBC.
Looking at the words that have appeared most frequently alongside coverage of immigration this year, words like "children" and "unaccompanied" reflect the increased prominence of unaccompanied minors crossing the border.