A new study of media coverage of President Donald J. Trump is far more negative than any of us imagined… if that is even possible.
The Media Research Center recently put out a new report showing just how bad it all is.
The MRC took a look at all the coverage of the big three TV networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) to see just what was said of the Trump administration during these first 8 months, the Daily Wire reported.
Among the big takeaways of the analysis is that the media covered the president more in his first 8 months than they covered President Obama during the entirety of his final two years in office, and a remarkable 91% of the coverage of Trump over the summer was negative, surpassing the bias of the coverage of his first three months.
Specifically, the MRC said:
As of August 31, coverage of the administration has totaled nearly 74 hours (4,418 minutes) of airtime, or about 39% of all evening news coverage. For comparison purposes, coverage of the Obama administration in all of 2015 and 2016 totaled 59 hours (3,544 minutes), or roughly 10% of the available broadcast airtime. In other words, Trump has already received more coverage in his first 224 days in office than Obama received in his final two years as President.
“Aggressive” is an understatement:
In June, July and August, broadcast evening news coverage of Trump was 91% negative — worse than the astounding 89% negative spin we calculated during the first three months of the administration, usually a traditional honeymoon period for new presidents.
The MRC noted that it focused its analysis on statements that imparted a clear positive or negative statement about Trump, “such as statements from experts presented as non-partisan, voters, or opinionated statements from the networks’ own reporters.”
Using these criteria, MRC analysts tallied 1,567 evaluative statements about the Trump administration in June, July and August, of which 1,422 (91%) were negative vs. a mere 145 (9%) which were positive. Since Trump took office on January 20, there have been 4,144 such evaluative statements, of which 3,712 (90%) were negative, vs. 432 (10%) which were positive.
Here are some more of the findings:
- Russia — 415 minutes, 94% negative
- Repeal and Replace Obamacare — 176 minutes, 97% negative
- North Korea Nuclear Showdown — 136 minutes, 86% negative
- Trump Response to Charlottesville — 97 minutes, 97% negative
I don’t imagine anyone is surprised by all this, but it is instructive to see it, nonetheless.