July 20, 2022

Visualizing Fox News' Critical Race Theory Coverage

A quick-turn project created for Columbia's summer Interactives course.


Fox News first began its coverage of "critical race theory" in 2020. Then, it was a little-known academic theory that Fox News guest Chris Rufo said was "spreading like wildfire" through the U.S.

In the summer of 2021, outrage and fear that children were being "indoctrinated" with critical race theory sparked protests at school board meetings nationwide.

An analysis of 7,500 15-second clips of Fox News broadcasts mentioning critical race theory shows how the media outlet's coverage shifted sharply from government trainings to schools in early 2021, long before protests began."

A new concept is making its way into Fox's CRT coverage: gender. For the past several months, 1 out of every 10 clips mentioning "Critical Race Theory" have also mentioned gender.

This was created during an introductory d3 course. I basically learned enough to google my way around some d3 and turned this around in a day. With more time, I would be able to put together something more polished and responsive.

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