Donald Trump has remained a fixture of television news coverage more than half a year after leaving office, but the US withdrawal from Afghanistan appears to have done what no other event this year has achieved: dim his media limelight. The timeline below shows total daily mentions of him across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News since the start of this year, showing that while Fox News substantially decreased its mentions of him post-presidency, CNN and MSNBC have maintained a heavy focus on him. However, on August 15, mentions of Trump drop sharply across all three channels as the US withdrawal from Afghanistan drew headlines. While he is still receiving 50-250 mentions every day on each of the three channels, this is the longest period of decreased coverage of him thus far this year.
Thus far this year, MSNBC has mentioned Trump the most, almost twice as often as Fox News.
Instead of spoken mentions of Trump, the timeline below tracks the total daily seconds of airtime in which his name was displayed somewhere in the onscreen text, showing that even by this measure the post-Afghanistan withdrawal period marks the least airtime his name has received this year, though his name still appears for 10 minutes to an hour daily.