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MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN most shared news outlets by Members of Congress

Kevin King

Kevin King

Jun 10, 2017

From President Trump’s First 100 Days to the Russia probe to the recent withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, it has been an eventful first five months of 2017. Along the way journalists have published thousands of articles, a number of which found their way to Capitol Hill where members of Congress have shared them on Facebook, Twitter, in emails to constituents, and press releases.

We used Quorum’s legislative tracking to analyze the news outlets represented in the White House Press Briefing Room that received the most mentions by members of the 115th Congress and what party was more likely to share a given outlet.

MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN are the most shared news outlets by the 115th Congress

There have been 1,641 shares of MSNBC articles by members of the 115th Congress, 1,288 by Democrats and 337 by Republicans. Trailing by a little more than 100 articles is Fox News with 1,507 shares including 1,311 from Republicans and 196 from Democrats. Rounding out the top three is CNN with 1,395 shares of which 463 are from Republicans and 911 are from Democrats.

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The Hill leads non-television outlets in number of shares by members of Congress

The Hill is the most shared non-television news outlet by members of the 115th Congress with 1,102 shares. The top 10 most shared news outlets are rounded out by The Washington Post, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, POLITICO, The Washington Examiner, and ABC News.

The Washington Examiner, Boston Globe, and Fox News are shared at the most partisan rate

Of the top 20 most shared news outlets, The Washington Examiner, Boston Globe, and Fox News top the list for outlets whose articles are shared at a higher rate by one party. Among the outlets with the most partisan rate of shares, 4 are shared significantly more by Republicans and 6 are shared significantly more by Democrats.

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USA Today, AP, and Bloomberg Politics are shared at the most bipartisan rate

USA Today, Associated Press, and Bloomberg Politics are the top three outlets shared at near equal rates by members of the 115th Congress, ranging from 2% to 4% partisan skew. The skew is calculated by the difference in shares between Democrats and Republicans divided by the total number of shares.

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