Kavanaugh Supreme Court Hearings Led Network TV News in 2018

The clash between Brett Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford topped the 10 stories with the highest number of minutes on last year’s ABC, CBS and NBC nightly newscasts, says analyst Andrew Tyndall. Criminal justice figured in six of those top stories.

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Criminal Justice News Coverage in 2018 (UPDATED)

Mass shootings, the special counsel’s Russia investigation, immigration, and sexual assault charges against powerful men in the worlds of entertainment, media and business dominated the news media coverage of criminal justice in 2018. But the most significant development, as it was in 2017, was the continued drop in coverage of local justice issues.

Criminal Justice News Coverage in 2017

After a year of concentration on national politics, much coverage of crime and justice in 2017 in the U.S. news media shifted to a discussion of the presidential election’s aftermath and of a topic given new prominence by Donald Trump’s presidency: immigration.