Since the night of the Benghazi terrorist attacks in 2012 until the formation of a House select committee to investigate the attacks this year, the liberal watchdog Media Matters for America has kept a close eye on Fox News Channel’s coverage.
That isn’t new, of course. Media Matters was essentially founded to serve as a counterweight to Fox’s misinformation. But the results of the 20-month study, released Tuesday and reported on by the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone, are nevertheless eye-popping.
From Sept. 11, 2012, when U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in the attacks, until May 2, when House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) established the special committee, Fox has run 1,098 segments that “included significant discussion of Benghazi,” according to the study. That makes for an average of roughly 13 segments each week.
The study examined five different Fox programs: “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”
Here are some other highlights from the study:
According to the study, “Special Report,” the evening newscast hosted by Baier, ran 382 Benghazi-centric segments.
Baier recently hosted a much-ballyhooed interview with the subjects of the book “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” billed as a “harrowing, true account from the brave men on the ground who fought back during the Battle of Benghazi.”