If you were starting to think that the media was giving far more time to the Khan family than the Smith family, well, you aren't crazy. An analysis by the Media Research Center shows coverage of the Khan family has thus far received 50 times more coverage on the major networks.
Patricia Smith, mother of fallen Benghazi victim Sean Smith, called out Hillary Clinton at the Republican National Convention over her lies about the deaths of four Americans in the Benghazi terrorist attack of September 11, 2012. A week after Smith gave her speech, Khizr and Ghazla Khan gave a speech hailing their late son who fought and died in Iraq, and used that as a springboard to attack Donald Trump.
The mainstream networks loved the Khan story, but basically ignored the Smith story.
While all the grieving parents deserve sympathy, the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network evening and morning shows seemed to only care about the parents that showed up at the Democratic Convention. Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazla’s DNC appearance earned 55 minutes, 13 seconds of Big Three network coverage, nearly 50 times more than Pat Smith, whose RNC speech honoring her son earned just 70 seconds of airtime.
In the days (July 19 to August 1) that followed Smith’s indictment of Clinton from the RNC podium, CBS (3 seconds) ABC (13 seconds) and NBC (54 seconds) gave her speech a total of just 70 seconds of coverage.
In the four days (July 29 to August 1) following Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala’s speech NBC (31 minutes, 39 seconds), offered the most amount of time followed by ABC (14 minutes, 21 seconds) and then CBS (9 minutes, 13 seconds).
MRC also points out that the morning shows of the main networks have covered the Khan family extensively, including with personal interviews, while Smith remains ignored.