In the first half of this year, the number of times CNN or Fox News devoted a full story to an article on a new or ongoing scandal, nearly doubled from last year.
While CNN is no longer the only source of news coverage, its dominance has led to a sense of “fake news” among many, said Scott Bovey, an associate professor of journalism at Northwestern University.
“I think it’s a lot more prevalent than I think people would like to think,” he said.
CNN and Fox News, both owned by News Corp., have long dominated coverage of scandals.
In 2016, they each devoted nearly two-thirds of their news coverage to the scandal involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Fox News was more selective, with coverage of Trump, his associates and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who was forced to resign amid a Russian bribery investigation.
The networks’ focus on Trump has become a major theme of the 2016 election, particularly in the final weeks of the campaign.
The network’s coverage has focused on Trump’s connections to Russia, his tax returns and his ties to a Russian billionaire who is alleged to have been a key player in the 2016 campaign.
Trump’s team has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Trump has been criticized by journalists and lawmakers for his failure to separate his finances from his presidential campaign, which is currently under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.
Trump has defended his finances in the past, saying he does not want to raise taxes and has said that “nobody knows” what he actually made.
The president has blamed the media for creating a perception of him as a self-interested man, and CNN and Fox have frequently been criticized for the way they cover him.
In February, Trump fired CNN commentator Brian Stelter over a story he said was biased and negative toward the president.
Stelters was among the first journalists to report on Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016, a meeting that was also attended by Jared Kushner, then Trump’s son-in-law.
The story was widely criticized and led to the resignation of the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer.
Stelter is also an outspoken critic of the media, and in March 2016, he publicly accused Fox News of “categorically lying” about his reporting.
When CNN anchor Jake Tapper was asked on “Meet the Press” about the network’s “fake-news” coverage, he said he had not seen the CNN report on Manafort’s lobbying work.
Tapper pointed out that Manafort was still working as a lobbyist for the lobbying firm that had previously worked with the Trump campaign.
But, Tapper added, “I’m sure the news cycle is changing.”
Tapper also said that CNN and other media outlets “are going to have to deal with the fact that, you know, the news is shifting, and that’s going to take time.”
Fox News, which was also the first to report Manafort’s work as a Trump campaign official, has struggled to separate the real story from the propaganda it puts out.
Fox host Bill O’Reilly recently apologized after the network aired an article alleging that a former Trump adviser had had sex with a minor.
Fox was criticized for not reporting the story at the time, but later retracted the story.
The network also reported that the former Trump aide, Rick Gates, was still on the payroll of Trump’s former campaign.
He resigned from the campaign in April 2017.
Fox’s coverage of the Manafort-Kushner meeting has been largely negative.
Fox has reported that Manafort and Kushner did not disclose that they were working on the project, despite Trump and Kushner acknowledging they had met with the woman.
The report also claimed that Gates, a former lobbyist for Trump, “was still working for the campaign as a consultant.”
Fox has also focused on the Trump administration’s decision to bar reporters from the White Senate briefing room in Washington after it was criticized by Republicans.
The move has come amid growing criticism that Trump’s administration has failed to provide journalists with a full briefing and is biased against the press.
Fox has focused heavily on the Russia probe and has frequently cited stories about the meeting between Kushner and the Russian lawyer as examples of a media narrative that is biased.
Fox reported that CNN did not report that the woman in question was a Russian spy or that she spoke with the Russian government.
CNN did report that Manafort met with a woman who claimed to be a Russian intelligence agent.
But the report did not mention that Manafort’s former firm had lobbied for a Russian company that was at the center of an investigation into alleged Russian influence operations in the U.S.
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, CNN’s Don Lemon, a veteran White House correspondent, said the network had tried to “focus on the bigger picture.”
But Lemon added that “there’s a very, very big narrative that you can’t really wrap your head around.”