We knew that Fox News has provided extensive coverage of the scandal in which a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, came under attack on Sept. 11, 2012, resulting in the deaths of four Americans. But now we know just how much coverage: According to Media Matters for America, Fox News ran 1,098 “evening” segments on Benghazi in the 20 months after the tragedy.
Here’s a graphic representation of the distribution by program:
Those figures prompted eyebrow elevation from the Erik Wemple Blog, which would have figured that Sean Hannity’s eponymous show had outpaced other evening Fox News fare in discussing Benghazi. The Media Matters study found that Hannity led the group in at least one category — accusing the Obama administration of orchestrating a “cover-up” regarding Benghazi. Of the 281 segments carrying such an allegation, “Hannity” claimed 108.
As to which side of the aisle Fox News favored in its interviews, have a look:
News outlets are entitled to obsess over stuff. This blog, for instance, endorsed CNN’s nonstop coverage of the disappearance of MH370 this year, when many others hammered the network for failing to adequately monitor other stories. So go ahead, Fox News, and continue to explore every last tick and tock of the Benghazi story as it enters its third year of life. Just stay away from the distortions and factual issues.
More to come on this topic.