HISTORIC BIAS: Study Finds 91% Broadcast Coverage Of President Trump Negative
We’ve all seen the coverage of President Trump since he took office, from Kimmel and the late night morons to regularMSM anchors, it seemed that nearly all reporting on the president and this administration has involved baseless attacks and fake news. In a
shocking predictable new study released, the Media Research Center found that on the “Big Three” broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) there were “ten times more negative comments about the President than positive statements, and found the ongoing Russia investigation once again swamped all other topics.”
This pattern has been witnessed, and tracked by Media Research Center, since then-candidate Donald Trump ran in 2016. According to analysis, this media trend has never been seen before with any sitting president.
More via CNS:
[…] One out of every three minutes of broadcast evening news coverage was devoted to the Trump story last year, a new Media Research Center (MRC) study shows.
Investigation into alleged Russia “collusion” was the top item covered (1,234 minutes) – getting more than ten times the attention of the second-most covered topic: response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia (104 minutes).
As a proxy for the larger establishment media, the MRC analyzed every moment of coverage of President Trump last year on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts, usually seen by more than 25 million people each night.
The major findings:
- The Trump presidency was the biggest story of the year, accounting for one out of every three minutes of evening news airtime — nearly 100 hours in total.
- The tone of coverage has been incessantly hostile: 90% negative, vs. just 10% positive (These percentages do not include neutral statements).
- There were only three months in 2017 when Trump’s level of good press rose above 10 percent on the evening news
More than two-fifths of evening news coverage of the President (43%) focused on controversies, not policies, with the Russia investigation alone accounting for one-fifth of all Trump coverage (1,234 minutes).
- Despite their massive coverage of Russia, the networks had almost no airtime for questions about how the investigation began, or whether special counsel Robert Mueller’s current investigation is biased.