The First 100 Days of the Biden Administration: A ‘Surge’ in Negative Language Around the Border
Calling migrants a surge, wave, or flood dehumanizes them, portraying people seeking asylum as a dangerous force of nature. We analyzed 12 news organizations' immigration coverage during Biden's first 100 days, tracking negative and neutral terms.Download the findings
- TV news was far more likely to use negative terminology than newspapers, using negative terms 2.5 times as frequently.
- FOX News, closely followed by CNN, had the highest percentage of negative word usage of all 12 outlets. The New York Times had the highest negative percentage among 8 newspapers.
- Overall, negative terms appeared over 1.5 times more often than neutral terms.
Negative words were far more common than neutral ones in headlines.
- Newspapers in communities close to the border in Texas, Arizona and California used neutral language about 1.25 times more than national newspapers.
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