There’s a “partisan tilt in sex scandal coverage,” says a new study that examined claims of misconduct against politicians throughout November.
“Both Republicans and Democrats have faced serious allegations of sexual misconduct, but in the month of November, ABC, CBS and NBC spent twice as much time telling viewers about the Republicans’ problems,” writes Rich Noyes, research director for the Media Research center, a conservative press watchdog.
Analysts at the center reviewed 6 hours and 40 minutes of coverage related to sexual harassment or misconduct charges against various politicians on the morning and evening news shows of all three networks from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30. Nearly two-thirds of this coverage (4 hours, 27 minutes) focused on Republican politicians, compared to 2 hours and 6 minutes spent on the Democrats, a greater than 2-to-1 disparity, Mr. Noyes said.
Simply put, there were 267 minutes of coverage about the GOP politicians, compared to 126 minutes devoted to Democrats.
“At 4 hours, 8 minutes, the allegations against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore earned more coverage than those of all other politicians combined,” Mr. Noyes said.
The study included coverage of Democrats Sen. Al Franken, who warranted 1 hour and 14 minutes during the study period, and Rep. John Conyers, who got 46 minutes. The study was released Monday.