Fox News, loyal to US President Donald Trump, has significantly reduced the news of the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks. According to a study by Media Matters for America, in prime time, the number of materials associated with the coronavirus COVID-19 fell from 74% to 56%.
For comparison, statistics are given on CNN, which Trump has repeatedly accused of creating “fake news”, his materials in 90% of cases are focused on the pandemic. A similar situation is observed in MSNBC – more than 80% of prime time programs are related to coronavirus.
At the same time, Fox News related to the epidemic was significantly different from the programs of other American television channels. Researchers note that the TV channel focused on covering the White House’s efforts to get out of the crisis, and not on the problems of the American health care system. For example, Fox News devoted a lot of time to protests against restrictive measures in various states of the country – they are supported by Trump, who is prevented by the governors from opening the country.
TV channel observers and experts support this position, urging US residents to be “patriotic” and return to work to restore the economy.
Analysts at Media Matters indicate that journalists make such statements without leaving their home, as Fox News executives extended the remote work decree until June 15.
By the way, among the features of pandemic coverage on the channel, a small number of medical experts stand out who rarely appear on the air in prime time. And those who participate in the programs express a position similar to the White House – the United States should move on to lifting restrictive measures.
Fox News has repeatedly criticized this approach in the American media space, the TV channel has been accused of underestimation of mortality rates, insufficient coverage of measures to protect against coronavirus and the spread of “harmful” recommendations.