Study shows Trump airtime advantage on cable

Associated Press
FILE - In this June 7, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, joined by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Ushering Trump toward a more analytical approach is Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, and Brad Parscale, the campaign’s digital director and a veteran Trump Organization consultant. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The three biggest cable news networks spent more time covering live Donald Trump rallies than they did for Hillary Clinton in September, with the widest disparity at Fox News Channel.

A study released by the liberal watchdog Media Matters for America said Fox aired 7 hours, 32 minutes of coverage from Republican Trump events, compared with 3 hours, 25 minutes for Clinton, the Democratic candidate.

It was much closer at CNN (5:18 Trump, 5:04 Clinton) and MSNBC (5:48 Trump, 5:14 Clinton).

Stretch back further, from the beginning of June through the end of September and Media Matters said Thursday the three networks have beamed 65 hours, 3 minutes of Trump rallies, compared with 49 hours, 47 minutes of Clinton.