Which is receiving more attention on television news: the reconciliation bill or its cost? The timeline below shows total mentions of the reconciliation process across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News since the start of this year, showing that MSNBC has focused on the bill more than its peers since June.
The timeline below shows total mentions of "trillions" over the same time period, reflecting coverage of the cost of both the reconciliation and infrastructure bills, with Fox News mentioning it the most.
Overlaying the two, "trillions" dominated coverage across the three channels until June, at which point "trillions" was mentioned less and reconciliation was mentioned more, with the end result being that the two terms began tracking each other fairly closely until just the last few days.
Looking at the total seconds of airtime this year in which "reconcilation" appeared somewhere in the onscreen text, MSNBC displayed it twice as often as CNN and 5 times as much as Fox News, totaling 12 hours on MSNBC, 5.8 hours on CNN and 2.3 hours on Fox News.
In contrast, the cost of the trillions of dollars of proposed new spending was mentioned the most on CNN, totaling 29.2 hours, followed by 17.8 hours on MSNBC and 14 hours on Fox News. Thus, MSNBC mentioned reconciliation the most, while CNN has mentioned its cost the most.