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How Much Attention Did The Earthquake In Haiti Receive On Television News?

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How much attention has the earthquake in Haiti received on television news? The timeline below shows total mentions of the country across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News since the start of July, showing both the assassination of the Haitian president and the earthquake. Both events received only brief bursts of coverage, with CNN focusing heavily on the presidential assassination and Fox News giving it much less attention, while the earthquake received more equal attention across the three channels.


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Looking just at coverage of the earthquake and examining a broader set of channels, Al Jazeera can be seen to have covered the earthquake almost twice as much as BBC News and CNN, while Fox News covered it far less.


Remarkably, despite 2,000 dead, 10,000 injured and 1.2 million people impacted, the earthquake received just a few hundred mentions and was gone within a week.


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Looking at the words that have been mentioned most frequently alongside mentions of the Haiti earthquake, the assassination of its president appears prominently, as news outlets discussed the two events occuring so close together.


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