The Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog, recently came out with the findings of a study it completed on midterm coverage during ABC, CBS, and NBC’s evening news programs. MRC counted the full and partial campaign reports from September 1 – October 20, 2014 across networks and compared those numbers to the same date range in 2006.
While during the 2006 Midterm Elections, ABC’s “World News Tonight” aired a combined 36 full and partial campaign stories. During the time observed this year, that number was zero. CBS’s “Evening News” and NBC’s “Nightly News” aired 58 and 65 reports, respectively, in 2006, whereas in 2014, those numbers dip to 14 and 11, respectively.
FishbowlDC’s question to ABC News of whether the midterms would make “World News Tonight” coverage in the less than two weeks leading up to Nov. 4 has yet to be answered.