Dems Get Almost 60% of CNN’s Coverage of the Barr Hearing, Republicans Get Just 15% | NTK Network Dems Get Almost 60% of CNN’s Coverage of the Barr Hearing, Republicans Get Just 15%

Dems Get Almost 60% of CNN’s Coverage of the Barr Hearing, Republicans Get Just 15%

During the first hour and half of CNN's coverage of the hearing, the network devoted 53 minutes of its coverage, or 58.9 percent, to House Democrats.

By NTK Staff | 04.09.2019 @12:30pm
Dems Get Almost 60% of CNN’s Coverage of the Barr Hearing, Republicans Get Just 15%

Attorney General William Barr appeared before the House Appropriations Subcommittee to testify about the Justice Department’s budget request for the fiscal year 2020, but Americans would not know this based on House Democrats’ obsession with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and CNN’s coverage of these questions.

The hearing started a little after 9:30 AM EST, as did CNN’s coverage of the hearing, which many thought would be explosive, given that this was Barr’s first congressional hearing since the release of Barr’s summary of the Mueller report.

During the first hour and half of CNN’s coverage of the hearing, they devoted 53 minutes of their coverage, or 58.9 percent, to House Democrats’ questions to Barr about the Mueller report, according to NTK Networks’ monitoring of the hearing.

House Republicans on the subcommittee only received 13 minutes of the networks’ coverage, or 15 percent. The network seemed to make a concerted effort to not air Republican members by cutting to either a commercial or a panel discussion when Republicans began speaking.

CNN had two notably awkward cutaways from the hearing. These occurred when Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) and Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) began asking questions about the Justice Department’s budget, giving the two representatives combined less than a minute of air time before cutting away.

Watch CNN’s awkward cutaways from Roby and Palazzo below:

CNN’s Kate Bolduan ended the networks wall-to-wall coverage of the hearing a little after 11 AM, electing to go to a panel discussion about the hearing. The network only returned to once to listen to Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) question Barr about Obamacare.

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