Rashida Tlaib's Profanity Received Five Times More Cable Coverage Than Steve King's White Supremacy

Data collected by Media Matters for America shows Tlaib got more than two-and-a-half hours of air time while King only received 30 minutes

File photo: Rashida Tlaib canvassing a neighborhood before Election Day in Detroit, Michigan, November 5, 2018.
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Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib received five times more coverage for her profanity about impeaching President Trump than Republican Congressman Steve King did for questioning of why white supremacy is considered offensive. The data collected by the liberal non-profit Media Matters for America shows Tlaib's call to "impeach the mother***er" got more than two-and-a-half hours of air time from MSNBC, CNN and Fox News, 24 hours after the comment was made while King only received 30 minutes.

Fox News devoted 52 minutes to Tlaib and only 42 seconds to King. King’s remarks were widely covered elsewhere though including an op-ed by Republican Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate, penning an op-ed denouncing King in the Washington Post.

Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro called for King to be censured on Twitter and even updated an old article of his defending King’s previous remarks regarding white nationalism.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King asked in an interview with The New York Times published on Thursday. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

King, who has long been dubbed "America's white supremacist congressman" for often making remarks in support of white nationalism.