A recent Fox News poll showed that 82% of respondents were "very" or "extremely" concerned about inflation and increasing prices. Is that public concern translating into increased television news coverage? The timeline below shows total daily mentions of inflation across CNN, MSNBC and Fox News since the start of this year. Fox News began mentioning inflation heavily in mid-May, pivoting away in August with the Afghanistan withdrawal story and shifted back at the start of September. In contrast, neither CNN nor MSNBC has devoted substantial attention to it.
Indeed, Fox News has mentioned inflation more than twice as much as CNN and MSNBC combined this year.
Looking at the total seconds of daily airtime in which inflation was mentioned somewhere in the onscreen text, a similar picture emerges, though without the September increase in mentions.
Fox News has mentioned inflation in its onscreen text over more than 15 hours this year, compared with just 3.8 hours on CNN and 1.6 hours on MSNBC.
Looking at web search interest in inflation since the start of last year using Google Trends, the timeline below shows that search interest in the topic increased from August of last year through February of this year, but has held largely stable for most of this year other than a brief burst of interest the week of May 9. Search interest appears far more in line with CNN and MSNBC's coverage levels than Fox News' heavy emphasis.