May 30, 2018

By the numbers: Roseanne was covered more than Puerto Rico study

Protestors against displacing families in Puerto Rico. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The cancellation of Roseanne Barr's ABC show as a result of a racist tweet was covered far more than a Harvard study revealing that as many as 5,000 people may have died during and in the wake of Hurricane Maria last year in Puerto Rico.

The big picture: Media Matters for America found that news surrounding Roseanne was covered for more than 10 hours while the study surrounding the Hurricane was only covered for 30 minutes.

By the numbers:
  • Cable news networks barely covered the Harvard study. According to Media Matters:
    • MSNBC covered the findings of the study for 21 minutes on May 29.
    • CNN covered the findings for under 10 minutes.
    • Fox News covered the report for 48 seconds.
  • Those same networks gave extensive coverage to Roseanne's cancellation.
    • CNN covered Roseanne's cancellation for 4 hours and 48 minutes.
    • MSNBC wasn't far behind at 3 hours and 38 minutes.
    • Fox News covered it for 1 hour and 56 minutes.
  • The official death toll in Puerto Rico remains at 64, pending an outside review.
  • The Harvard study finds that a more accurate estimate of excess deaths tied to the storm is 4,645. However, the study noted this may be an underestimate.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Mike Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 NDAs
  2. Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges
  3. Bloomberg campaign says Tennessee vandalism "echoes language" from Bernie supporters
  4. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  5. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.

Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 nondisclosure agreements

Mike Bloomberg. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Mike Bloomberg said Friday his company will release three women identified to have signed nondisclosure agreements so they can publicly discuss their allegations against him if they wish.

Why it matters, via Axios' Margaret Talev: Bloomberg’s shift in policy toward NDAs comes as he tries to stanch his loss of female support after the Las Vegas debate. It is an effort to separate the total number of harassment and culture complaints at the large company from those directed at him personally. That could reframe the criticism against him, but also protect the company from legal fallout if all past NDAs were placed in jeopardy.