LIBERAL AGENDA SWAYS BUSINESS NEWS
Voters may pine for straightforward business and economic coverage, but they didn’t get a whole lot of it, according to Julia A. Seymour, assistant managing editor for the Media Research Center’s Business and Media Institute, a conservative press watchdog. After poring over 2016’s coverage, Ms. Seymour shares some of the most blatant examples of business coverage that managed to support the liberal agenda.
She cites the “Big Three” broadcast networks in particular. ABC, CBS and NBC downplayed violence during rallies and occupations near the Dakota Access pipeline, portraying protesters more as “water protectors.” The broadcasters also ignored the faltering Cuban economy in often flattering portrayals of Fidel Castro following his death last month, “failing to expose the economic damage of Castro’s communism,” Ms. Seymour notes.
Networks overlooked the economic woes of “coal country” while glossing over major indicators of a weak U.S. economy to tout a “comeback. They also continue to “sound the alarm” on climate change, says Ms. Seymour.