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Afghanistan Is Already Fading On Television News


How much attention is the collapse of Afghanistan receiving on television news? The timeline below shows total mentions of the country, the Taliban and Kabul since the start of this month across Al Jazeera, BBC News London, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. Al Jazeera and BBC News were already mentioning the country 200-500 times a day by the start of this month and BBC News began surging its coverage of the country on August 11, while US channels barely mentioned the country until August 12. All five channels peaked on August 15 and have decreased their mentions every day since.

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BBC News has mentioned the country the most, with the other four channels all mentioning it roughly similar numbers of times.

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Looking at the words that are mentioned most often alongside mentions of Afghanistan this month, words like "Government" and "President" reflect the collapse of the US-backed government, "Withdrawal" reflects the impact of the US pullout of the country, "Provincial" reflects the Taliban's strategy of taking the country from its rural provinces to the cities and "Women" reflects the likely impact on women's rights in the country.

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