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How Has 9/11 Been Covered On Television News?

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How has September 11th and the Twin Towers been covered on television news? The timeline below shows weekly mentions of the World Trade Center since June 2009 across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, showing television news mentions peak in September each year, but that mentions have declined considerably since 2016. September peaks are noticeably lower since 2016 and there have been far fewer mentions during the rest of the year since then.


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The same timeline, but aggregated from weekly to yearly time, is seen below, showing the sharp decline in mentions over the past decade, but also that Fox News accounts for most of the decline, while CNN and MSNBC have decreased their mentions less.


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In contrast, the timeline below captures US-based search interest in 9/11 via Google Trends, showing that search interest has in fact increased over the past 17 years, with a marked increase in yearly searches after the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Data for the past week is not yet available.



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Similarly, searches for the "twin towers" have also increased since 2011. Data for the past week is not yet available.


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