October 25, 2016
Updated October 26, 2016.
The big TV cable news during the day following the final presidential debate in Las Vegas on October 19 was Trump’s statement that he is not yet certain whether he will accept the results of the November 8 election.
“I will tell you at the time,” Trump said in response to the moderator, Chris Wallace of FOX News. “I will keep you in suspense.”
That section of the speech was excerpted by cable news networks 65 times—a total of 18 minutes of airtime. The cable networks that aired a version of the clip the most: CNN, 20 times; MSNBC, 17 times; and Fox Business News, 11 times.
Here’s one example: FOX Business News led into the sound bite with the moderator saying, “..there was no doubt, no doubt about the moment in this debate that elicited the most response, and this was it, from Donald Trump:
The FOX Business network then displayed two tweets. The first, from liberal Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times, saying “Trump reminds me of warlords I’ve met. But in refusing to respect election results, he’s like no other serious candidate I can think of.” The second, from conservative Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, read: “Al Gore strongly challenged the election results in 2000. Democrats supported. Now they attack Trump for saying he MIGHT challenge. Crazy.”
Two more sound bites that got big attention: the exchange where Clinton says, “he’d rather have a puppet as president,” referring to Trump’s relationship to Russian president Vladmir Putin—aired by cable networks 46 times (CNN and FOX News each aired it 12 times).
Here it is on CNN:
And here’s another: when Trump calls Clinton a “nasty woman,” a phrase that quickly became an Internet meme and fundraising tool for Clinton. This section of the debate was clipped aired 44 times by cable TV news networks, most frequently by CNN (17) and MSNBC (12).
Here it is on MSNBC:
Immediate post-debate TV news commentary
- Raw matches: raw data on debate clips aired immediately after debate on October 19, 2016, including two hours of cable news coverage (i.e. CNN, MSNBC, FOX News) immediately post debate summarized by second, on a timeline.
- Summarized matches: TV clips aired immediate post debate summarized by count, with details on which channels aired the clip.
Cable stations (including CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and more).
- Raw matches: raw data on debate clips aired during the 26 hours following the debate, October 19 – 20, 2016.
- Frequency timeline: TV clips aired on cable channels summarized by second, on a timeline (coming soon).
- Summarized matches: TV clips aired, summarized by count, with details on which channels aired the clip (coming soon).
Local stations in select battleground state markets
- Morning (raw): raw data on debate clips aired in early morning local news programs, on ABC, CBS, NBC, & FOX affiliates—in select battleground state markets from 5:00 am to 7:00 am on October 20, 2016 (coming soon).
- Full (raw): raw data on clips aired over the 26 hours following the debate by local stations in select battleground state markets (coming soon).
Our debate page also contains TV news coverage data from the first two presidential debates and the vice presidential debate. Together, they will make a full set of TV News coverage of the 2016 presidential debates. In addition, we offer a set of data that track TV news shows use of clips from the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape that features Donald Trump making comments about groping women, as well as the video apology he made after that tape surfaced. All of these data are generated using the open source Duplitron, the same tool that fuels our data tracking 2016 political ad airings in key battleground state markets.