Is inequality becoming a hot topic on cable news?
FiveThirtyEight did a LexisNexis search of cable news transcripts from 2008 until now, and found that instances of the word "inequality" have increased dramatically. Nate Silver reported Wednesday that "inequality" has been said on MSNBC 647 times so far in 2014. That is way more compared to 2008, when it was said 14 times all year. The greatest uptick occurred in the past year, and the trend is even apparent on Fox News. Visit FiveThirtyEight for more.
The website's finding comes after a Media Matters study last October that concluded that economic inequality is also getting more coverage. The study examined evening news segments that discussed the economy and found that mentions of inequality in the third quarter of 2013 were double those of the previous quarter.