Fox News has reported on the phone hacking scandal engulfing its parent company, News Corp., in at least 30 segments in the last eight days, according to a search of news transcripts by Snapstream, a TV monitoring service. The figure contrasts with the number of segments we reported yesterday, based on an incomplete transcript database from Lexis Nexis. The figure matches a new report by Media Matters also pegging the number of segments at 30. The liberal media watchdog group says CNN and MSNBC reported on the scandal in 109 and 71 segments respectively, relying on transcript databases from Factiva, TV Eyes and Snapstream over the last nine days. We contacted Fox News to confirm the 30 figure but have not heard back. Update: A Fox News spokeswoman says the network has run at least 38 segments on the scandal in the last week.
In the transcripts provided by Snapstream, a range of Fox News programs covered the scandal including Fox & Friends, Fox Report w/ Shepard Smith, Special Report w/ Bret Baier, FNC Midday and FNC Early Morning. The earliest available transcript on the scandal is from July 6 in a report by Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, who makes no attempt to hide some of the most damaging details of the scandal including the hacking of a 13-year-old murder victim. "Police accused the News of the World newspaper of hacking into her phone and deleting some of her voice mails giving her parents the false hope that she was still alive," he said on air. "Since then, numerous celebrities and politicians and even members of the royal family claimed somebody also hacked their phones."