News Corp.'s long-simmering phone-hacking scandal has progressed rapidly since it reignited, throwing its global media empire into turmoil. Yet while Fox News has spent more than twice as many segments discussing the scandal in the days since its level of coverage first came under scrutiny, including five hours of live coverage of a British Parliament committee hearing where News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch testified, a Media Matters analysis has found a continued disparity in the amount of coverage given to the scandal by CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.
Analysis: CNN Covered News Corp.'s Hacking Scandal In Nearly 200 Segments
CNN And MSNBC Report On News Corp. Scandal More Often Than Fox News. According to a Media Matters analysis*, in the sixteen days since the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal reignited, CNN reported on the developing story in 199 segments, MSNBC covered the story in 138 segments, and Fox News covered the story in 102 segments. Media Matters' previous analysis showed that CNN and MSNBC devoted more than twice the amount of coverage to the scandal than did Fox News.
*Media Matters searched news transcripts provided by Factiva, TV Eyes and Snapstream for the terms "Dowler," "hacking," "News Corp." and "News of the World" between July 4 and July 19. Live coverage of the July 19 British Parliament committee hearings, which ran from 9:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m., was counted as one segment.