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How Are Food Prices Being Covered On Television News?

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A recent Fox News poll showed that 82% of respondents were "very" or "extremely" concerned about inflation and increasing prices. How is the cost of food being covered on television news? The timeline below shows total mentions of food prices across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News over the past decade, showing that Fox News mentioned food prices substantially more than its peers from 2011 to 2014, with the topic largely disappearing from all three channels until May of this year.


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Over the past decade, Fox News has mentioned food prices almost twice as much as CNN and MSNBC.


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Looking since the start of this year, Fox News' coverage of food prices began to gain steam the first week of May.



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Thus far this year, Fox News has mentioned food prices 4.6 times as much as MSNBC and 3.3 times as much as CNN.


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Looking at the total seconds of airtime in which food prices were mentioned somewhere in the onscreen text, Fox News has devoted more than 7 hours to them, compared with 2.9 hours on CNN and 1.6 hours on MSNBC.


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Looking at web search interest in food prices via Google Trends since 2004, peak search interest occured in April-May 2008 during the world food price crisis and has declined ever since, with no major increase this year.


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