The post-Weinstein wave of allegations, in one chart


Breadth and the magnitude of the issue has been difficult for many to fully understand. And if the past weeks indicate what is to come, the revelations are only starting. As part of an attempt to put this wave Google looked for stories about some of the figures in entertainment and politics at search trends. (Check out their rundown of the disorderly Trump era.)
The biggest splash was made by the Weinstein story and has continued to garner interest as it grows, but is the tide as exemplified above — over the last couple months. Among the stories to climb up and over Weinstein include those of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who multiple girls have alleged pursued sexual relationships with them when they were teens, and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. He drew a spike after radio host Leeann Tweeden said that he groped her in 2006 and kissed.
Here is a look at the political figures that are most-searched.
Each new flash in the chart corresponds to accusation or a disclosure. Notably, interest is seldom drained by reports that are fresh off other developing stories. Interest in Weinstein has stayed steady through November as big names — such as the actor Kevin Spacey — grabbed headlines.