Media Coverage and Coronavirus Panic: What the Numbers Show

Posted by on March 2, 2020 11:27 pm
Categories: US Politics

As the coronavirus has spread globally, fearful shoppers have stripped stores bare and caused a worldwide shortage of protective face masks. To what degree do the media deserve scrutiny for the role their wall-to-wall, end-of-days coverage may have played in fomenting this sort of panic?
The Jan. 1-Feb. 28 timeline below compares worldwide Google search interest for the coronavirus against worldwide online news coverage in 65 languages using data from the GDELT Project, along with mentions on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News using data from the Internet Archive’s Television News Archive processed by…

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