Fox News Doesn't Do Much Don't Ask, Don't Tell Coverage

Fox News mentioned the law's repeal 16 times compared to 66 times at CNN

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You've heard, right? Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the law banning gay men and women from openly serving the military, was officially discharged, effective on 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday morning. If you only watch Fox News, though, you may have missed the story. The overturning of the 18-year-old statute was mentioned a scant 16 times on the cable news network on Tuesday, which is about a fourth of the number of mentions it received on CNN (66) and a fifth of the mentions it got on MSNBC (84). Igor Volsky dug up those figures over at ThinkProgress, using data culled from Critical Mention, a television monitoring service. Advances for gay rights have not received the most prominent coverage on Fox News. When the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal was certified in July, it was mentioned five times on the network, compared to 26 times on CNN and 11 times on MSNBC. What about New York's same-sex marriage law passed in June? Again, only five mentions on Fox, compared to 23 on CNN and 32 on MSNBC.

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