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Study: Football player’s fake dead girlfriend got 521x the media coverage of March for Life

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

News that Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o's dead girlfriend never actually existed  received over 500 times the airtime devoted to the hundreds of thousands of  Americans who traveled to the nation’s capitol for the March for Life.

“ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted close to two-and-a-half hours (147 minutes and 43 seconds) to the Te’o fiasco and just 17 seconds to the Washington, D.C., March for Life,” according to the MRC Culture and Media Institute. “That’s 521 times more coverage for Te’o and a girlfriend who never even existed.”

ABC gave the story more than an hour of airtime, while NBC devoted 59 minutes to the girlfriend hoax. CBS came in third with 24 minutes.

“There’s always been bias,” the Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor said in a phone interview. “But what happens now is, to compete with the internet, they now are pushed further left so that they stay relevant to their own little world.”

The gun control march on D.C. also received airtime.

 

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