Who Won the Mueller Hearing?

A Data Analysis of US News after the Mueller Testimony

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Mueller Hearing Coverage

The news media doesn’t always make the news, but it does determine what stories get the most coverage. To verify how much coverage Mueller’s testimony got across the political spectrum, I collected all Mueller news on July 24 and 25. Below are the results.

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Mueller Story Contents

Besides collecting statistics on articles about the hearing, I also reviewed story contents. Below is a quick overview of headlines from various news outlets.

CNN

CNN had a paltry 4 Mueller stories on their homepage over the last two days. Tellingly, only one article mentions Trump. Even that one is limited to speculation about how perceptions about him ‘might’ change with this hearing.

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CNN headlines on Mueller

MSNBC

Similarly, msnbc.com features only a couple of Meuller videos.

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MSNBC Mueller Stories

Fox News

Fox News on the other hand, had over 50 Mueller stories over the past 2 days

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New York Times

The New York Times offered mostly neutral coverage of the hearings. The opinion articles suggest “it’s time to move on” and “now what?” after the hearing.

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Mueller Hearing Adjectives

Although the Mueller hearing was generally positive for the conservative cause, the underlying investigation was still a negative for Republicans. This can be seen by looking at the adjectives in Mueller articles.

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Most common “interesting” adjectives in Mueller stories (basic adjectives like ‘public’ and ‘special’ removed)

Final Thoughts

In this age of filter bubbles, it’s easy for people to feel like they live on different planets. Two people in the same place will see the same news, but it will be covered in totally different ways. Luckily it’s pretty easy to quantify these differences.

Married engineer in San Francisco. Interested in words, networks, and human abstractions. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

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