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PEJ Says Fox News Covers The Iraq War A Lot Less Than CNN Or MSNBC

iraqay25.jpgWhat’s more important: Iraq or Anna Nicole Smith?

Depends on which network you’re watching.

According to PEJ’s first quarter News Coverage Index, “MSNBC and CNN were much more consumed with the war in Iraq than was Fox.” (See the chart to the right.)

In daytime, FNC devoted 6 percent of its time to Iraq, and 17 percent of its time to Anna Nicole. For CNN, the mix was 20 percent Iraq, 5 percent Anna; for MSNBC, the mix was 18 percent Iraq, 10 percent Anna.

“Fox also stood out for its lack of coverage on the firings of the U.S. attorneys, compared with the other channels. The story, which gained real momentum in mid March, consumed a mere 2% of Fox’s total airtime. CNN devoted twice that percent (4%) and MSNBC four times (8%),” the report says…

> Note: Roger Ailes calls PEJ a “liberal lobbying organization…”

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