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Fox News doesn’t like Mourdock story

The graphic above, furnished by Media Matters for America, shows that Fox News didn’t quite match the perfomance of its cable competitors on the matter of Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s Oct. 23 debate comment on rape: “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

The next day, Fox gave the item slightly more than two minutes of coverage, compared to upwards of two hours on MSNBC and an hour and twenty minutes on CNN. Among the Fox stories that beat out the Mourdock remark: “Pentagon will not label Fort Hood massacre as terrorism”; “Critics blast Obama’s comment on U.S. Navy”; “What states do Romney, Obama need to win?”; :"State Dept. e-mails reveal White House knew of terror link in Libya”; “Sen. Graham: This administration is stonewalling”; “Administration’s ‘permanent’ plans to fight terrorism,”among others. Anyone got a problem with that?

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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